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FEMA food kits may contain tainted peanut butter
Food kits distributed in Kentucky, Arkansas after severe weather there

Peanut butter in the kits may contain salmonella, FEMA says

People who have the kits should throw the peanut butter packets away, FEMA says

Move is part of a larger recall of peanut butter products following salmonella outbreak
(CNN) -- Food kits recently distributed as part of a disaster relief effort in Kentucky and Arkansas may contain peanut butter contaminated with salmonella linked to a nationwide outbreak, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.

People who received the food kits should throw away the peanut butter packets, FEMA says.

1 of 3 "Commercial meals kits manufactured by Red Cloud Food Services Inc., under the Standing Rock label, have been provided to disaster survivors in impacted communities, and these kits may contain peanut butter which is part of the precautionary national recall underway in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration," FEMA said in a written statement.

Though the kits do not all contain the same main course, they do contain packets of peanut butter, the agency said.

"People who have received commercial meal kits are asked to inspect the kits in their possession and immediately dispose of any peanut butter packets," it said.

No one at the South Elgin, Illinois,-based food service company responded immediately to e-mails.

The meals were sent in the wake of President Barack Obama's federal disaster declarations for Kentucky and Arkansas after they were hammered last week with rain, ice and snow.

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration linked a nationwide outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened more than 500 people and may have killed eight others to peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America at its plant in Blakely, Georgia.

FDA said PCA could have distributed contaminated product to more than 100 companies for use as an ingredient in hundreds of products, including cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream.

Federal authorities have initiated a criminal investigation into the company.

In a written statement, PCA said Wednesday that federal and state regulators took part last year in "regular visits and inspections of the Blakely facility."

"Independent audit and food safety firms also conducted customary unannounced inspections of the Blakely facility in 2008," it said. "One gave the plant an overall 'superior' rating, and the other rated the plant as 'Meet or Exceeds audit expectations (Acceptable-Excellent)' ratings. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the ongoing investigations, we will not be able to comment further about the facts related to this matter at this time."


All Items Recalled From Salmonella Linked Plant; Rodent Feces, Bird Feathers Found
Thursday , February 12, 2009
Texas health officials ordered the recall Thursday of peanut products from a plant operated by the company at the center of a national salmonella outbreak, days after tests indicated the likely presence of the bacteria there.

All products ever shipped from the Peanut Corp. of America plant in Plainview were recalled after the Texas Department of State Health Services said it found dead rodents, rodent excrement and bird feathers in a crawl space above a production area on Wednesday.

The recalls from the plant, which operated unlicensed and uninspected for nearly four years, are the latest bad news for the company being investigated in connection with an outbreak that has sickened 600 people and may have caused at least nine deaths. More than 2,000 possibly contaminated consumer products have already been recalled in one in one of the largest product recalls ever.

Federal investigators last month identified a Georgia peanut processing plant operated by Peanut Corp. as the source of the salmonella outbreak.

Texas inspectors also found that the air handling system was pulling debris from the infested crawl space into production areas at the Plainview plant, which processes peanut meal, granulated peanuts and roasted peanuts. The plant, which voluntarily closed Monday, was also ordered by the state to stop producing and distributing food products

Private lab tests returned Monday showed likely salmonella contamination at the plant, which opened in March 2005. Further testing was needed to confirm the results, but the health department said Thursday that their orders are not contingent on finding salmonella.

The health department said that lab tests are being done on food and environmental samples as well.

The plant in Plainview, located in the Texas Panhandle, was run by a Peanut Corp. subsidiary, Plainview Peanut Co. It was not inspected by state health officials until after problems arose at the Georgia plant.

The federal government has opened a criminal investigation into the company, and its president, Stewart Parnell, repeatedly refused to answer questions Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce investigations subcommittee, which is seeking ways to prevent another outbreak.

A message left seeking comment from Parnell Thursday wasn't immediately returned.

State law allows the Department of State Health Services to issue such recall orders when it finds conditions that it says pose "an immediate and serious threat to human life or health."

Calls to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were not immediately returned Thursday.


we didn;t go for food kits.. we didn't need them..

fliers, and people came to the door and warned us all not to eat the peanut butter products

.Also we now have a new phone service from the sheriffs dep't on all storms/dangers, and warnings.. a good service.. this weather here has been astronomical ,yesterday the winds some places,gusts of 90mph ~ we had power outages again, but they didn't last as long..


The MRE's are worth their weight in gold, I still have some from Katrina that we used in Gustav, they have a 5 yr. life span, the g-babies love them, steak rollups were the favorite.

This peanut butter deal is a mess, I have found several products in the cabinet on the list plus dog treats from Petsmart. No list available from the Texas plant.

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