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Peanut Butter Recall -- Updated 2/10/09 5pm

******Updated 2/16/09******** Please refer to our latest blog post for updates on the PCA recall. ******* Updated 2/10/09 5pm CST ******* Products added to recall list: Erin Baker’s Home-style Granola – Peanut Butter flavor SunSpire Organic Dark Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Clusters******* Updated 2/6/09 4pm CST ******* Products added to recall list: Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies Boston Cookies Peanut Fudge Brownies Kariba Farms Thai Peanut NutCrusters Coating Mix KA-ME Green Tea Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix ******Updated 2/4/09 7pm CST****** Products added to recall list: ReNew Life Formulas Organic Fiber Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate Bulk: Caribbean Crunch Grail Mix Aunt Pattys Trail Mix Org Cascade Aunt Patty Trail Mix Mt Hood Lot number expansion for previously recalled items: Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars For our Canadian customers, please note that the CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and remove all affected products imported into Canada from the U.S. The CFIA is also working with Canadian manufacturers to recall foods containing affected U.S. peanuts. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products. The following foods, manufactured in Canada, are affected: see: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/20090203be.shtml The following foods, manufactured in the United States of America, are affected: see: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/20090203be.shtml For the complete list of recalled products, including those listed above; please visit our web site at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/2009typhe.shtml *****Updated 2/3/09 5pm CST***** Items added to recall list: Earth Island Follow Your Heart Deli Thai Peanut Tofu Wrap Pure Butter Crickle, Peanut - Green Gift Box Expanded lots announced on previously recalled products: Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai ThinkThin Dark Chocolate ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide *****Updated 2/3/09 9am CST***** Confirming that our Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse Peanut Butter Cookies are not affected by the recall. Added to recall list: Chunks of Energy Mixed Berry Blast Chunks of Energy Cranberry Apricot, Organic ****Updated 2/2/09 6pm CST**** Added to recall list: Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars Glutino Organic Chocolate & Peanuts Bars Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Trail Mix Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Peanut Butter Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Club Pack Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookie Club Pack Kashi™ TLC™ Happy Trail Mix Chewy Cookies Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Raisin Flax Chewy Cookies ***Updated 2/2/09 11am CST*** Added to recall list: Detour Bars, several varieties including Runner, Biker and Core Strength. No national distribution. ***Updated 1/31/09 6pm CST*** More products have been added to the recall list. See bottom of this post for the full list. Packaged items added to recall 1/31/09: Barron Specialty Foods’ Thai Curry with Peanuts Seasoning Mix Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Shrimp Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Tofu Gluten Free Café Asian Noodles Bear Naked Appalachian Trail Mix Bulk items added to recall 1/31/09: Milk Chocolate Peanuts Carob Peanuts Chocolate Bridge Mix 5-Grain Granola Yogurt Peanuts Please note: Many manufacturers receive their supply of ingredients from multiple vendors. Therefore, not all products listed below are recalled in total, but rather specific lot or batch numbers made on certain dates. Please link through to our Product Recalls page to get more specifics directly from each manufacturer. Also, the Clifbar, Luna & Mojo items and the Nature’s Path Optimum Energy Bars listed below have been expanded to include additional lot numbers. **Updated 1/30/09 5pm CST** Numerous packaged and bulk products added to recall list at bottom of post. *Updated 1/30/09 4pm CST* Our Private Label Products Not Sourced from PCA Whole Foods Market has determined through the vendors of our private label products that none of these items contain peanuts or peanut butter sourced from the recalled suppliers. You may continue to enjoy:

  • Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse Peanut Butter Cookies added 2/3/09
  • 365 Organic Peanut Butter Pretzels
  • Whole Ranch Thai Peanut Marinade
  • 365 Organic Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Organic Organic No Salt Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Organic Organic Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Organic Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 365 Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Whole Paws Hip & Joint Formula Dog Biscuits
  • Whole Paws Healthy Coat Formula Dog Biscuits
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Mixed Sesame Bar
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Granola Bar
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Cranberry Delight Bar
  • 365 Organic Organic Honey Roasted Trail Mix Bar
  • 365 Peanuts Roasted & Salted
  • 365 Peanuts in Shell Salted Ballpark
  • 365 Peanuts in Shell Unsalted Ballpark
  • 365 Roasted & Salted Peanuts
  • 365 Peanuts Salted in Shell
  • 365 Peanuts Unsalted in Shell
  • 365 Peanuts Roasted & Salted
  • 365 Cranberry Trail Mix
  • Whole Kitchen Cashew Chicken
  • Whole Kitchen Pad Thai
  • Whole Catch Pad Thai: Shrimp
  • 365 Organic Organic Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 365 Organic Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 365 Organic Organic Peanut Butter Pows
  • 365 Organic Organic Fruit, Chocolate & Nut Mix
  • 365 Organic Roasted Salted Redskin Peanuts
  • 365 Organic Roasted Unsalted Redskin Peanuts
  • 365 Organic Chocolate Banana & Nut Mix
  • 365 Organic Organic Peanut Sauce

Source ingredients for bulk, bakery and prepared foods items are being investigated. You are welcome to return any peanut-containing product to our stores for a full refund. We will provide updates on recalled items from other vendors as we learn of them. -- Original Post 1/29/09 The Peanut Butter Corporation of American (PCA) has now expanded their recall to include all styles of peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia, facility since January 1, 2007. The recall now includes products that contain: * peanut granules * peanut meal * dry roasted peanuts * oil roasted peanuts * peanut butter * peanut paste This greatly expands the scope of this health issue and every manufacturer of peanut-containing foods, including us, will need to re-examine their products. On their website, the FDA continues to state "Major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores are not affected by the PCA recall." You are welcome to return any peanut-containing product to our stores for a full refund. We don't have many answers at this point but wanted to make our customers aware of the situation.  Please refer to the FDA's website for more specifics. Please note: While new research is being conducted, we will not be able to answer questions about specific peanut related products. We will provide updates to the situation as they become available. Additionally, our answers to previous comments on our former blog post about the recall are not necessarily accurate any longer given the new developments. As of Thursday, Jan. 29, the following products that we carry have been recalled: Recalled Packaged Products

  • Arico Peanut Butter Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookie Bars added 1/30/09
  • Aurora Caribbean Crunch Grail mix
  • Barron Specialty Foods’ Thai Curry with Peanuts Seasoning Mix added 1/31/09
  • Bear Naked Appalachian Trail Mix added 1/31/09
  • Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies added 2/6/09
  • Boston Cookies Peanut Fudge Brownies added 2/6/09
  • Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars
  • Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars
  • Chunks of Energy Carob/Hawaiian Spirulina
  • Chunks of Energy High Country Gorp
  • Chunks of Energy Mixed Berry Blast added 2/3/09
  • Chunks of Energy Cranberry Apricot, Organic added 2/3/09
  • Clif 24-count Variety Pack
  • Clif Builder’s Peanut Butter bars
  • Clif Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch bars
  • Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter bars
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Peanut butter bars
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Variety Pack
  • Clif Mini’s Variety Pack
  • Clif Pecan Toffee Buzz bars
  • Cliff Builder’s 18-count Variety Pack
  • Detour Bars, several varieties including Runner, Biker and Core Strength added 2/2/09
  • Earth Island Follow Your Heart Deli Thai Peanut Tofu Wrap added 2/3/09
  • Erin Baker’s Home-style Granola – Peanut Butter flavor added 2/10/09
  • Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai added 1/31/09
  • Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Shrimp added 1/31/09
  • Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Tofu added 1/31/09
  • Gluten Free Café Asian Noodles added 1/31/09
  • Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars added 2/2/09
  • Glutino Organic Chocolate & Peanuts Bars added 2/2/09
  • Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch Chewy Granola Bars
  • JamFrakas Peanut Butter BlissCrisp snack bars
  • KA-ME Green Tea Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix added 2/6/09
  • Kariba Farms Thai Peanut NutCrusters Coating Mix added 2/6/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Trail Mix added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Peanut Butter added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Chewy Granola Bars Club Pack added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookie Club Pack added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Happy Trail Mix Chewy Cookies added 2/2/09
  • Kashi™ TLC™ Oatmeal Raisin Flax Chewy Cookies added 2/2/09
  • LÄRABAR Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Luna Mini’s Variety Pack
  • Luna Nutz Over Chocolate bars
  • Luna Peanut Butter Cookie bars
  • Marin Carob Energee Nuggets
  • MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut bars
  • MOJO Dipped Fruit & Nut bars
  • MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter & Jelly bars
  • MOJO Honey Roasted Peanut bars
  • MOJO Mixed Nuts bars
  • MOJO Mountain Mix bars
  • MOJO Peanut Butter Pretzel bars
  • Nature’s Path Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor bars
  • Pure Butter Crickle, Peanut - Green Gift Box added 2/3/09
  • ReNew Life Formulas Organic Fiber Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate added 2/4/09
  • Simbree® Oat Almond Pistash added 1/30/09
  • Simbree® Almond Pistachio Energy Bites added 1/30/09
  • Simbree® Oat Bites with Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios added 1/30/09
  • SunRidge Chocolate Energy Bar (BULK)
  • SunRidge Energy Nuggets
  • SunSpire Organic Dark Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Clusters added 2/10/09
  • ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide
  • ThinkThin Dark Chocolate
  • Tofu Energee Nuggets
  • Uncle Eddies Individual Organic Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Uncle Eddies Individual Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Uncle Eddies Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies
  • Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets
  • ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter bars
  • ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars

Recalled Bulk Products added 1/30/09

  • 5-Grain Granola added 1/31/09
  • Aunt Pattys Trail Mix Org Cascade added 2/4/09
  • Aunt Patty Trail Mix Mt Hood added 2/4/09
  • Athlete's Mix
  • Baja Fiesta Mix
  • Cajun Hots
  • California Supreme Mix
  • Carob Peanuts added 1/31/09
  • Caribbean Crunch Grail Mix added 2/4/09
  • Cascade Trail Mix
  • Chocolate Bridge Mix added 1/31/09
  • Choco Cranberry Crunch Mix
  • Chocolate Cherry Munch Mix
  • Chocolate Peanuts added 1/31/09
  • Goji Berry Bliss Mix
  • Gourmet Trail Mix
  • Master Zen Party Mix
  • Mixed Nuts, Extra Fancy, Jr Mam, Halves, Raw  from assorted vendors
  • Mocha Madness Mix
  • Natural Gourmet Trail Mix
  • Nuts Over Peanut
  • On The Trail Mix
  • Paradise Mix
  • Peanut Butterstock
  • Peanuts Blanched OR/NS  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts Blanched OR/S  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts Raw Blanched  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts, Blanched Virginia  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts, Honey Roasted  from assorted vendors
  • Peanuts, Spanish OR/S
  • Pocket of Chocolate Mix
  • Rainbow's End
  • Shelled Peanuts  from assorted vendors
  • Sunglow Snack Mix
  • Sweet Ragin Fire Mix
  • Wasabi Party Mix
  • Wasabi Peanuts
  • Yogurt Passion Mix
  • Yogurt Peanuts added 1/31/09

We will update this as more information becomes available. Remember that this list includes only products that we sell in our stores. We will not list information on products that we do not sell. That information is available on the FDA searchable database and we encourage you to go to their site.

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says …

@Margie 365 Everyday Value Peanut Butters are not part of the recall.

Jerry says …

>> Diann: I can see this recall with most large supermarket brands but to see companies such as KASHI using the same lousy processing plants is very disappointing ... From Kashi's recall FAQ (http://www.kashipeanutbutterrecall.com/): "Why weren't these products recalled earlier? The products did not contain peanut butter or peanut paste from Peanut Corporation of America. Due to the expanded recall by PCA, to include all peanut products, these products were found to be involved and therefore, recalled." So evidently the scope of the recall has expanded from peanut butter and paste, to any peanut product from PCA. My favorite Kashi bar is Honey Almond Flax, which includes: "peanut flour." Evidently it came from PCA.

Nate says …

@ Missy, WF Shopper.. Have you read these things??? These are tools WF uses to market their store to be better than the others. They should live up to these tenets.. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/corevalues.php#suppliers http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/sourcing.php Here are some quotes. I would love some clarification from Paige regarding how WF has followed these processes in this situation: "We grade our suppliers on their quality performance. We look at customer complaints, testing results and inspection results and actually write a scorecard for every supplier. Their grades determine whether we need to increase our level of supervision with the supplier and require that they conduct additional inspections or testing on their products." "Our standards are the strongest and continuously improving. In an effort to continually improve processes, we have a senior leadership council dedicated to keeping current on the latest quality assurance developments and challenges. * Whole Foods Market takes quality very seriously. We have regular meetings with senior executives that represent our Quality Assurance, Legal, Operations and Procurement teams to discuss and systematically solve the quality challenges we face. Projects are assigned and resources are allocated for quality improvement based on the findings of the Council. * One recent innovation is our Supply Chain Code of Practice (SCCOP). SCCOP is an exclusive food safety code that embodies our desire to work with our suppliers to assure the safety of our products and full transparency in our supply chain."

WFshopper says …

I am fully devoted to Whole Foods and will forever be a shopper. What people dont realize is that WFs has promised us natural and organic foods made from the highest quality ingredients. Guess what- we believe them, just like WFs believed brands like Kashi were honorable, just like Kashi believed the factory where they were getting their nuts etc. were of good quality. Whole Foods has done its part to update us every day on products that have recalled to keep their customers healthy and pulled bad products off the shelves. Some one has been on here to answer our questions and concerns. Are you going to find that somewhere else?.. I do not think so. While this is a serious problem, we need to hold our selves responsible too for relying so heavily on WFS. Nothing is guarenteed.. ever. People are just always looking for someone to blame.

Missy says …

I'm really surprised that so many people are complaining about Whole Foods not being on top the peanut butter recall. Sorry, but I'm siding with Whole Foods on this one. I expect WF to carry organic and all-natural products. I'm not sure what procedures they have in place when "qualifying" a vendor as one that will have their products carried in their stores, but I'm sure there are processes in place to ensure this. What I do know is that PCA LIED on more than one occasion and KNOWINGLY shipped peanut butter and pb products that showed positive signs of salmonella in them. PCA is the greedy one in all of this - they are the ones RESPONSIBLE for the deaths and sickness that have run across this country. And as we know in the past scares with baby formula, dog food, beef, bagged spinach (organic as well), the processes used by the manufacturing and PROCESSING plants are the ones that need to be updated and policed. If I buy a product, and it's good, and I continue to buy it, my trust in that product increases. If I get a bad batch of product then, is it the grocer's fault or the manufacturer's fault? Sorry people, grow up. Whole Foods has it's processes and procedures in place to ensure, to the best of their ability, the safety and goodness of the products they SELL - they don't make them. Where was the oversight from the companies that make the products (Kellogg's, General Mills, etc) and thus rake in the money? Check the FDA recall list yourself, there's alot of well-known, well-loved products on there, and not just products that WF's carries. I shop exclusively at WF for some products, and I get organic products from my grocery-store chain for a little cheaper - but the variety and quality of the foods I purchase at WF SURPASSES those of my neighborhood Walmart, Aldi, Publix, Alberson's, Winn-Dixie. So I shop around for the best PRODUCT, not necessarily the cheapest. And I will continue to shop at WF because it offers the best organic and natural foods in one place that I can find in my town.

paig292 says …

@Anne: Westsoy is owned by Hain Celestial. I checked their website and they do not list the West Soy Baked Tofu, Thai Sesame flavor, on their recall page. http://www.hain-celestial.com/press/peanut-products-safety.php You could try contacting them directly if you like.

Phillip says …

To Paige Brady: What we (@Emily, @Tara, @Phillip, @Nate) are saying is that we just expected more from Whole Foods. Personally I have been shopping at Whole Foods before the was Whole Foods. In my area, the company was called Fresh Fields. I completely understand that you feel you were failed by the Federal Government and this 3rd party group OCIA, but based on your history, advertising and marketing you are SUPPOSED to be DIFFERENT! If Safeway or a club store like Walmart or Costco or a large regional supermarket chain had this happen most of we loyal Whole Foods shoppers would feel reaffirmed in our choice to shop with Whole Foods. We expect companies like that to just blindly trust others about what is organic or safe, but again, again, again we expect more from Whole Foods. Maybe you have become too big of a company to meet our lofty expectations. And that is the point of our frustration, we feel our trust has been violated. I guess we believed in you all more than we should have and that is the source of our bitterness. I hope you see our point. We are not just naysayers, we were "true believers".

Nate says …

Once again, Philip states my point of view exactly!!! By the way Paige, I have seen absolutely ZERO signage in Whole Foods stores in the Peanut Butter section regarding the Recall - A sign that says - THIS IS CONFIRMED FROM UNTAINTED SOURCES would go a long way, but does not exist like you say (at least in the stores I have visited - multiple stores).

Alex says …

@Paige and @Winnie: Thank you.

S Live says …

What about Wild Oats peanutbutter - it was on sale as Wild Oats was phased out . . . recalled or not?

Stephanie says …

I am trying to figure out if the grind your own peanut butter I have been eating is affected by the salmonella outbreak. I went to the USDA website and it says that Whole Foods Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Stock is on the list of recalled foods. I am disappointed that you cannot tell me which stores are affected, as a consumer I do not want to HAVE to do research to know if my food is safe, that should be your job. Especially when on your website logo it says, "Whole Foods - Selling the Highest Quality Natural and Organic Products." You should be able to tell me whether or not the products I eat from your stores were affected or not.

paig292 says …

@Emily, @Tara, @Phillip, @Nate: We certainly understand your frustration and concerns. This is one of the largest recalls in U.S. history and many businesses in the food industry, large and small, have been affected. While we do not have complete answers now, we are researching how this happened and working with product manufacturers to assess the problems this PCA recall brings to light. Please remember that PCA is facing federal criminal charges for their actions, which include not sharing negative lab results with the manufacturers who bought their products. For our part, we immediately acted in the interest of our customers’ safety by pulling potentially affected products from the shelves as quickly as possible. At the same time, we have worked hard to communicate as much as possible with our customers through store team members, store signage, and our blog. We’ve received a few questions about organic product from the PCA plant. As a certified organic facility, PCA’s operations are audited and certified to the USDA’s National Organic Standards by Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), a third-party organic certifier approved by the USDA. The standard requires that the facility prevent commingling between organic and conventional products, that organic products are protected from contamination with synthetic substances, and that the suppliers to the facility are also certified. The standard also requires that all production lines are fully cleaned between conventional and organic processing. Responsibility lies with OCIA and the USDA to determine if PCA was in compliance. We know there are still unanswered questions and we will continue to provide additional information as we become aware of it.

Colleen says …

Are the Santa Cruiz Organic Peanut Butters Safe?

Phillip says …

@WFshopper - For your information I HAVE CONTACTED OTHER COMPANIES. And just so you know the facts are, if you read a book, that WF is not incomparable. WF is, to quote a certain book, a facade. Do you really think WF isn't about the money?!? Who is being naive now? And yes, the USDA and OCIA are a joke, obviously. That is why I again say, WF as the largest "health food" supermarket in the country should take the lead in working with the new administration to devise a new way for our country to determine what is organic and how to better safeguard the food supply. This administration is open to this discussion, this I know to be a fact. As a final note, a proverb: To whom much is given, much is required. WF has built themselves into the leader in this field, they should lead the way.

says …

@Colleen FDA peanut butter announcement does not include any Santa Cruz Organic® peanut butter products. http://www.scojuice.com/products/peanut_butter

TARA PARKER says …

to whole foods, i'm a stay home mom of 3 liitle girls and we have one income coming into our house at this time when we are clearly in a recession. i'm dissappointed that you practice the same greed like all other stores by telling us lies about your products, if your products are organic then why would they be on the national recall list? what makes you diffrent from jewels organic labels, dominicks organic labels or any other brand when you obviously get products from the same manufacturing companies. like many others i got caught up in the "Whole Foods" rainbow and now i realize your products are just like eveybody else. Think of all the money i wasted on your products when i could have gotten tainted peanut products at ALDIS for a cheaper price. I will never ever shoot my friends down again about how great whole foods is...they were right all food basically comes from the same manufacture.

WFshopper says …

I said that "I think" WFs is incomparable.. after all this is a forum where people express there opinions. And in all honesty who isnt about the money?? Look at figures and other major companies that we have relied on to be honest with us. They've let us down and many never step forward and own up to it. The honorable thing about Whole Foods is that they have gone above and beyond to fix this problem as much as they can.This is where I respect them and continue my dedication as a shopper. I am done arguing about whose wrong or right here .. I am just so tired of people playing the blame game .. and I'll guarentee that any other natural food store you all shop at sells some of the recalled products!

Angry Organic Shopper says …

Please add Cascadian farm Sweet and Salty bars, mixed nuts, pretzel and peanut butter, to the recall list. Although they are not listed on the FDA website, are not listed on the Cascadian Farm website and are not listed on the General Mills information line about their recalled products, they are indeed being volutarily recalled because some of the nut products used in Cascadian Farm products were sourced from the Peanut Company of America. I am glad that I was persistent enough to require verification from a person; otherwise I may have given tainted food to my children. Beware, just because an item is not on the FDA list or the company's website does not mean that it is safe. Be vigilant and protect yourself, to whatever extent that is possible. Good health wishes for all!

Nate says …

@WFShopper... Actually the blame game is pretty important here considering it is people's LIVES we are playing with here! Don't fool yourself, this is a LIFE AND DEATH problem. Of course PCA lied, but I just get a little suspicious when a company that supplies/handles products for supergiants like Wal-Mart and other "no-name" brands also handle what is supposed to be "top-of-the-line" Organic products for "holier than thou" stores. Also, whats this we heard about failed inspections at PCA?? Cockroaches? Rodents? Other violations like dripping water from the ceiling?? These are things that should have been caught EARLIER before the products hit the shelves and the supplier officially dropped from supplying WF with products. AND! To keep with your point, other brands should have been removed from WF shelves until they cease usage of a supplier that has known health code violations as well. I would be interested to hear a timeline of these things including WF's response to why these things were not heeded/were unable to be heeded.

Sally says …

As a small business owner (Simbree Energy Foods) and also an innocent victim of this recall I must say that none of us had any reason to believe that the pnb we were getting from PCA was not of the highest quality. We were sourcing the organic variety from a sub distributor. PCA is criminal in what they did, but we need to hold the FDA responsible for this too. They did not do their job. Because of this have put millions of people at risk not to mention the economic impact on small businesses.

KimK says …

How about the peanut oil that seem to be contained in all of the Whole Foods' bulk nuts? (Roasted almonds, cashews, etc) Is peanut oil exempt from the recall? Thanks for your assistance-

snacksound says …

I really hope this fiasco is over soon -- I miss the peanut Clif Bar flavors!

paig292 says …

All: Please refer to our most recent blog post http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2009/02/peanut-recall-21409/ for the latest on the recall.

paig292 says …

@Jay: No commercial peanut butter has been implicated, including our 365 brand, which is not sourced from any PCA facility.

Jay says …

PCA's Texas facility has now been implicated in the peanut safety issue. Does your 365 Organic Peanut butter source peanuts from this facility.

Nate says …

Following the trail is vital. If you want to be in business selling organic and other "natural" products, you must know where the food you are selling comes from and everything about it! I believe at least WF claims this was their process, and it should be for a company doing this business at that size. But, any person in this industry is asking to be held to the highest standard by labeling their store as being "better" or more "natural" than the others. You can't market yourself that way, then say "woops" when something happens that shows you can't stand behind products you sell.

paig292 says …

@KimK: Peanut oil has not been listed by the FDA as a product made by PCA and we haven't seen anything else to date that indicates it as being a concern with this recall.

paig292 says …

@Nate and others: I just want you all to know that I am gathering your comments and questions to assist our quality assurance team in reviewing all aspects of how we handled this food safety crisis -- including communication with our customers about our processes. We do have processes in place for tracing our food sources and I believe your feedback will be taken into account as they review those processes in the coming weeks. But right now they are focused on the health of our customers and managing the food safety recalls. As soon as I have some information from them in response to your concerns about process, I'll let you know. I just didn't want you to think that your comments were being ignored. Also, just a quick reminder that we have comment posting guidelines http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/comment-posting-guidelines/ listing "no personal attacks" and "no flaming." Please keep your comments civil so they can be posted. Thanks!

paig292 says …

To those of you who have been waiting for answers to your questions, thank you for your understanding and patience. While we certainly don’t have answers to everything at this point, here is what our leadership says at this time: At Whole Foods Market, we share our customers’ concern and dismay over the food safety compliance issues that the FDA and other agencies have discovered at PCA’s peanut processing facilities. With more than 2,100 products recalled nationwide, we are thankful that the impact on products sold in our stores has been more limited in scope. As you may know, to date none of our 365 Private Label products have been affected by this recall. We expect our suppliers to conduct business in a certain manner and we are determined to work with our product manufacturers to address problems that this PCA recall brings to light. While we go about making changes, it is important to note that PCA is facing federal criminal charges for their actions, which include not sharing negative lab results with the manufacturers who bought their products. Their actions affected many vendors, large and small, as well as consumers who became ill. The solution for this must come from a large government and industry effort to ensure the safety of our food supply. In addition to recalled products from third-party suppliers that we sell in our stores, we are concerned about some of the bulk products we provided to our customers that came directly or indirectly from PCA facilities. (These products have been removed from our shelves or recalled.) We always expect our suppliers to conduct business in compliance with all laws and to follow all regulatory procedures. Now, however, we are revising our policies and procedures around bulk products, both prepacked and bin items. We are actively working with our suppliers to establish more stringent protocols for these products. Due to the empowerment of our stores for local and regional buying, our supply chain is very diverse. While we take great pride in the fact that our stores carry local products and go above and beyond to try to meet our customers’ needs, it is a bit unwieldy when one of the largest recalls in U.S. history comes knocking at the door. With a nationalized supply chain, we could have more visibility into what each store had in stock that was affected — because every single store would have the exact same products. But we think the trade-off in doing that wouldn’t allow us to be the company our customers and team members want us to be. So, we will continue to offer local buying but we will also work to put systems in place to help monitor our vendors more closely. We will also continue to work closely with the suppliers whose products we carry, as well as federal and local government agencies, to learn more about this crisis and work together to prevent recurrences. And while we in no way defend PCA or their actions, we do want to clarify a couple of issues. PCA was not considered a “bargain house” in the supply chain. There are varying grades of nuts and we provided top grade nuts in our stores. While other stores may have also carried PCA nuts, if they cost substantially less than ours, they most likely were a different grade of nut. Also, PCA was certified to the USDA’s National Organic Standards by Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), a third-party organic certifier approved by the USDA. The standard requires that the facility prevent commingling between organic and conventional products, that organic products are protected from contamination with synthetic substances, and that the suppliers to the facility are also certified. The standard also requires that all lines are fully cleaned between conventional and organic production. Many facilities process organic and conventional products, and it is the responsibility of the organic certifier to confirm they have processes in place to ensure the products are not commingled. We hope this helps answer some of your questions. Please know that we are continually working on this issue and developing ideas on how to better serve you, our customers.

Rachel says …

@Linda and @Paige Brady - Despite the Manufacturer's Website claiming that Masa's gourmet Thai Peanut Sauce would not be affected by the Peanut Butter Recall, I really think that had to have something to do with it. I can't think of what else could explain why, since around this time, I have stopped being able to find it ANYWHERE. I used to buy a ton of it from my local Ralph's (in the Los Angeles - West Hollywood - area), even from Bristol Farms, but now, I can find this flavor NO WHERE. I see other Masa's gourmet sauces on the shelves but NEVER this one. I literally look in every grocery and specialty store I walk into, because this one is my absolute favorite - I love cooking with it and have not been able to find a substitute by another brand that I love as much. I am going to order it now from Rikki Rikki's Website directly - wish me luck! I really wish it would come back to stores :(

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