Peanut butter lovers were shaken when ConAgra recalled their popular Peter Pan brand of peanut butter several weeks ago due to a salmonella outbreak. The recall affected all peanut butter that had been made in ConAgra’ Georgia plant since 2004, which meant that just about every single jar in consumers’ homes had to be thrown out or returned to the company. Peanut butter sandwiches and peanut butter cookies suddenly made people nervous, especially after more than 400 people – possibly far more – became ill after eating the brand’s peanut butter.
Fortunately for those who are fans of Peter Pan, which is the no. 3 selling brand of peanut butter in the US, ConAgra has finally pinpointed the source of the contamination: moisture unexpectedly got into the production line and allowed for the growth of low levels of salmonella. The problem has been fixed and the factory in Georgia will be reopening, once again producing safe peanut butter for fans.