Peanut butter recall expands

January 21, 2009 2:53:51 PM PST
Supermarket chain Wegmans is recalling ice cream containing peanut butter as the government investigates a salmonella outbreak that has killed at least six people around the nation. With 72 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland, Wegmans is part of a growing list of food companies and retailers pulling items with peanut butter.

Perry's Ice Cream Co. of Akron, N.Y., is among those recently issuing recalls.

The weight loss company NutriSystem issued a recall Wednesday for peanut butter granola bars.

PetSmart is voluntarily recalling seven of its Grreat Choice(R) Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste.

PetSmart is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products, but it has removed these products from its store shelves and website and is conducting the recall as a precautionary measure.

Customers who purchased the recalled dog biscuit products should discontinue use immediately and can return the product to any PetSmart store for a complete refund or exchange. No other products or flavors are included in this recall.

The salmonella outbreak has been traced to a Georgia plant that makes peanut butter and peanut paste. The government has advised consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods containing peanut butter. Most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe.

More than 480 people have been sickened in the outbreak, which has contributed to at least six deaths.

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