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The FDA is reporting that ConAgra Foods sent bulk Peter Pan peanut butter from its plant in Sylvester, Georgia, where it was tainted with salmonella, to a plant in Humboldt, Tennessee where it was put into various food products. The Washington Post reports that health officials now warn the public to discard the products which include:

* Sonic Ready-to-Use Peanut Butter Topping. Sonic outlets used the topping until Feb. 16 in peanut butter shakes, peanut butter fudge shakes, peanut butter sundaes and peanut butter fudge sundaes….

* Carvel Peanut Butter Topping. Carvel also used the topping until Feb. 16 in its Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Treasure, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae Dasher ice cream products as well as in customized products, such as the peanut butter-flavored ice cream in Carvel ice cream cakes….

According to the Post, FDA inspectors at the ConAGra plant in Georgia located the strain of salmonella that contaminated the peanut butter. “Government and industry officials have said the contamination may have been caused by dirty jars or equipment,” according to the Post. On February 14, 2007, ConAgra recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at the Sylvester, GA plant. The recall now includes all of the above-mentioned products made since December 2005.

We have successfully represented victims of tainted blood and other products, and are available to discuss the legal rights of consumers who believe they or their loved ones were injured by contaminated products. Contact mphelan@cantorarkema.com.

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