According to an article in Red River Family Magazine this month some “area parents are still concerned about serving peanut products to their families after the recent recall of more than 2000 peanut products was announced in early February.”
The recall by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) which operates a plant in Plainview, TX did not affect the major national brands sold in grocery stores nationwide; however, being local to Texas we might all want to check our pantries.
On February 12, 2009, the Texas Department of State Health Services ordered PCA to cease the manufacture and distribution of all food products from its Plainview, Texas plant and to immediately recall all products manufactured there since March 2005.
How do we know our peanut products are safe? Peanut butter is a major staple in most homes with small children. If you happen to be one of those households, make sure you follow the advice of the FDA:
- Check the FDA's web site to determine which products have been recalled and will be recalled. If you’ve bought something on the list, make sure you dispose of it properly and wash your hands well.
- If you’re not sure a product is safe, do not consume it or give it to your pets.
- If your product isn’t listed, you can call the product’s manufacturer listed on most paclaging.
You can also call the CDC's 24/7, toll-free public inquiries hotline at 1.800.CDC.INFO or 1.800.232.4636 to get phone assistance looking up particular foods that appear on the recall list.