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U.S. Government to Consumers: Avoid Food Products Made with Peanut Butter or Peanut Paste

The U.S. government is warning consumers to avoid all cookies, cakes, ice cream and crackers made with peanut butter or peanut paste while officials continue to investigate a massive outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning that is has killed six people and sickened at least 485 others across the country.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked this salmonella outbreak to products made with peanut paste and peanut butter manufactured after July 1 in a Georgia factory owned by Peanut Corp. of America. This company supplies peanut butter and paste to long-term-care and other institutions, food service companies and private-label manufacturers that use the products in cookies, cakes, crackers and other foods.  None of the peanut products manufactured by Peanut Corp. of America are sold directly to consumers.

Several of the nation's largest retailers and manufacturers are voluntarily recalling products that may contain the contaminated peanut butter or paste.  Products recalled include Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies, Keebler Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and Little Debbie Peanut Butter Toasty crackers. A complete list of recalled products is being maintained and updated by the federal government at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall.

The lawyers at Berger & Lagnese have led the way in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania in food poisoning lawsuits. If you suspect that you contracted your food poisoning from tainted food that you purchased at a grocery store, you should contact the lawyers at Berger & Lagnese immediately for a free consultation.