At the center of the investigation is a Georgia peanut processing plant where federal inspectors reported finding roaches, mold, a leaking roof and other sanitary problems.
More and more items containing peanut butter are being recalled. Managers at the Blakely, Ga., plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America continued shipping peanut products even after they were found to contain salmonella, the FDA said. The company shipped the food items after retesting them and getting negative results.
Peanut Corp. expanded its recall Wednesday to all peanut goods produced at the plant since Jan. 1, 2007. The company makes just 1 percent of the peanut products sold in the United States, but those products are ingredients in hundreds of other foods, from ice cream, to Asian-style sauces, to dog biscuits. Major national brands of peanut butter are not affected.
More than 500 people have gotten sick in the U.S. outbreak, and at least eight may have died as a result of salmonella infection.
Most of the older products in the expanded recall have probably been eaten already. Officials said they see no signs of any earlier outbreaks from those goods.
The recall covers peanut butter, peanut paste, peanut meal and granulated products, as well as all peanuts -- dry and oil roasted -- shipped from the factory. FDA officials could not quantify the amount of products being recalled.
Check the FDA web site, which lists all the products being recalled, and toss out any that are named to keep your family safe.