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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nuts to this

We read about this first at UtterlyBoring.com -- our first source for news about things that will make you sick -- but now it's all over the 'net: Don't eat anything that's made with peanut butter. There's a salmonella recall on, and the feds aren't sure how extensive the problem is.

Federal health officials have urged people to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods that contain peanut butter until more is known about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination.

Officials are focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at [a] Georgia facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America.

So far we've seen warnings about products with the labels Austin, Keebler, and Little Debbie, and even one Famous Amos cookie variety is in there.

To this point, we haven't seen anything about the stuff that comes in the jars, but already we're giving that large-size tub of Skippy the evil eye. At the same time, all this talk of peanut butter is making us not only hungry, but in the mood for the old "Peanut Butter" song, by, was it the Olympics?

UPDATE, 9:10 a.m.: Nope, it was the Marathons, also known as the Vibrations:

Comments (9)

pleeaasse don't let Reese's Peanut Butter Cups get the salmonella curse!!!

In defiance, I bought two Reese's BIG Cups. Call me a thrill-seeker!

I'll give Jack exclusive updates if things go south...

The stuff in the jars is safe. I recommend Adams or some other brand of non-hydrogenated PB.

If I loose peanut butter, life won't be worth living.......

Funny, Charlie, my first response was the same. Then there's all the mixed messages . . . cookies and crackers are not safe but peanut butter in jars is? Where does that put Peanut Butter Cups? And if Peanut Butter Cups and peanut butter in jars is OK does that mean that the other stuff if made form some sort of inhuman peanut slurry that comes from a different vat?

In the meanwhile, the vending machine where I work . . . and presumably many more around the country . . . still have lots of peanut crackers, peanut cookies, etc. ready to emerge and wreak havoc on the bowels of the unsuspecting (or not)!

I understand that there have been cases of poisoning and there is a threat but I smell chicken little.

"It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time" is the superior ode to ... peanut butter.


I smell chicken little.

Exactly. But how she fell into the peanuts is a mystery.

All kidding aside, processed food is a highly centralized and mechanized industry. Contamination gets put out there in a hurry and spreads far and wide. (And sticks to the roof of your mouth.)

But how she fell into the peanuts is a mystery.

No mystery. I heard today that Little Debbie pushed her.

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