Health unit publicizes recall list

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The recent peanut butter recall has area residents wondering what products are on the list. At the local level, it is up to the Barry County Health Department to notify sellers of the products that have been recalled.

According to Kathleen King, health department administrator, there are over 500 products on the recall list and the number is growing daily.

"We are advising people to check the products they have at home since this list is reaching such huge amounts, and many of the products may already be out of the stores," said King.

The Barry County Health Department's website at posts daily updates on the recall, and the FDA's website is also a good place to find the complete list of recalled products. The FDA list can be accessed at

The products affected in this recall may have been contaminated by Salmonella, which can cause gastrointestinal illness in healthy people but more serious health issues in young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.

Illnesses reported in the recent Salmonella outbreak have been associated with products made by the Peanut Corporation of America.

No peanut butter in jars sold at grocery stores is currently involved in the current recalls. The types of products that have been recalled include peanut butter cookies, candy and snack crackers.

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