Product recall impacts Commissary

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
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Shoppers at the Commissary will find signs in place of a few snack items that contain peanut butter.

The signs indicate that the items are out of stock. That's because those items contain peanut butter from a Georgia plant traced to a salmonella outbreak in 43 states.

Store Administrator Chris Milligan said just a few items sold at the store are impacted by the recall. Most of those items are snack foods - not any peanut butter itself. The items include Keebler cracker packs and Austin cracker packs that contain peanut butter that came from a Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 501 cases of salmonella in 43 states caused by contaminated peanut better. The bacteria may have contributed to eight deaths.

The CDC traced the outbreak to a 5-pound container of peanut butter produced at the plant. The peanut butter is sold in bulk and not sold in retail as just peanut butter.

Ms. Milligan said anyone who purchased any of the recalled items from the store can return the products for a refund. She wasn't sure when the products might be restocked.

Salmonella is one of the most common intestinal infections in the United States. Salmonellosis, the disease caused by the bacteria is the second most common form of bacterial foodborne illness.

It is estimated that 1.4 million cases of salmonellosis occur each year in the U.S.; 95 percent of those cases are foodborne-related. About 220 of each 1000 cases result in hospitalization and eight of every 1000 cases result in death.

About 500 to 1,000 or 31 percent of all food-related deaths are caused by Salmonella infections each year. Salmonellosis is more common in the warmer months of the year.