Rim Country residents are being urged to check their shelves for peanut butter sold by Payson area grocery stores that may be contaminated with salmonella.
ConAgra Foods, makers of Peter Pan peanut butter and Great Value peanut butter, announced a recall of all varieties of the products beginning with product code 2111 imprinted on the lid of both brands. The larger six-pound containers will have the product code printed on the side label. The Great Value brand is sold at Wal-Mart, but there are other manufacturers of Great Value peanut butter that are not affected by this recall.
The two products have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 300 people in 30 states. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and vomiting.
ConAgra Foods took the precautionary measure voluntarily and is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that these products may be linked to the foodborne illness.
"Although none of our extensive product tests have indicated the presence of salmonella, we are taking this precautionary measure because consumer health and safety is our top priority," said Chris Kircher, spokesperson for ConAgra Foods. "We are working closely with the FDA to better understand its concerns, and we will take whatever additional measures are needed to ensure the safety, quality and wholesomeness of our products."
The recalled peanut butter, with the code 2111, was distributed extensively in Payson. If consumers have this product, they should discard it, but save the product lid. For a full refund, consumers can return the product lid along with their name and mailing address to: ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103.
"We'll also take returns without a receipt here at the store," said Payson Wal-Mart manager, Quinn Cremer.
Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall can call the ConAgra 24-hour toll-free hotline at 866-344-6970. For more information about salmonella, visit www.ific.org.