Peanuts produced by the company at the center of the salmonella outbreak were sold to dollar stores during the period covered by the recall, the Food and Drug Administration said today. The announcement corrects information given Jan. 28 that said the Peanut Corporation of America had not sold products directly to consumers in stores.
The PCA has not manufactured any products in cans and jars since 2007, but the company has recalled all the peanut products produced in its Blakely, Georgia plant since January 1, 2007. PCA sold its Casey's, Parnell's Pride, Reggie and Robinson Crusoe labels made in 2007 or before to retail stores including 99 Cent Stuff, 99 Cents Only, Dollar Tree and Dollar General.
In other peanut news, mail carriers in 35 Kentucky counties are delivering 600,000 fliers today warning victims of the recent ice storm not to eat peanut products from their FEMA-provided emergency meal kits because of concerns about salmonella. The kits were recalled last week. Arkansas was also hit by the storm but apparently people there were not sent kits with the recalled peanut butter.