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Peanut Recall — Update 2/20/09

Jump directly to the FDA Product Recall List to search for peanut product recalls, or call CDC-INFO at 1-800-232-4636 for more information.

*Updated 2/20/09*

Added the following vendor products to the list: 71.    TrueNorth Brand Peanut Crisps <Withdrawal> (FL, MA, MW, NA, NE, SO). 72.    Crispy Cat Roasted Peanut candy bars 73.    Beneficial Foods/Nature’s Candy <Withdrawal>:

  • Nature’s Candy Peanut Butter Krinkles (Bulk) (MW, RM, SW)
  • Nature’s Candy Karob Krinkles (Bulk) (MW, RM, SW)
  • Beneficial Foods Omega-3 Uplift Bars (MW, RM, SW)

74.    Marich Confectionery items:

  • Milk Chocolate Peanuts (10lb, BULK)   (Some Regions)
  • Milk Chocolate Peanuts (8oz Bags)   (Some Regions)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Toffee  – Unlikely we carry

75.EB Performance PB &Whey Protein Bites bars (FL Only)

*Updated 2/18/09*

The Texas Department of State Health Services ordered Peanut Corporation of America to recall all products ever shipped from its Plainview plant as a result of poor cleaning and pest control practices. (The plant began operations in March of 1995.) No specific list of products produced at this plant has been released. While information about this plant is reconciled between the FDA and the Texas state agency in the coming days, we are taking the immediate proactive step of removing from our stores ALL whole peanuts and peanut products from ANY PCA facility. This greatly expands the scope of the recall beyond the original PCA plant in Georgia, and every manufacturer of peanut-containing foods, including us, will need to re-examine their products. We are acting as quickly as possible to determine what products are affected and will update this blog post with recall information as it becomes available for our products and for those of our vendors. Please note: While new research is being conducted, we will not be able to answer questions about specific peanut related products. Additionally, our answers to previous comments and questions about the recall are not necessarily accurate any longer given the expansion.

Here are the recalled items carried in our stores as of noon on 2/20/09:

1.    Various bulk bin items. Due to the empowerment of our stores for local and regional buying, our supply chain is very diverse. The bulk departments in our stores are supplied by many different vendors.  Some peanut-containing products may be recalled from some stores but not from others due to these different vendors. Contacting your local store is the safest way to ensure you get the most accurate information about any products you have purchased.

Contact your local store about recalled bulk products, including:

  • peanuts, all kinds
  • fresh grind peanut butters
  • trail mixes with peanuts
  • nut mixes with peanuts
  • candies with peanuts
  • chocolate with peanuts
  • energy bars with peanuts

Vendor products: 2. LÄRABAR Peanut Butter Cookie 3. JamFrakas Peanut Butter BlissCrisp snack bars 4. ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter bars 5. ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars 6. Multiple Clif bar products:

  • Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter bars
  • Clif Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch bars
  • Clif Pecan Toffee Buzz bars
  • Clif Mini's Variety Pack
  • Clif 24-count Variety Pack
  • Clif Builder's Peanut Butter bars
  • Cliff Builder's 18-count Variety Pack
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Peanut butter bars
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Variety Pack

7. Multiple Luna products:

  • Luna Nutz Over Chocolate bars
  • Luna Peanut Butter Cookie bars
  • Luna Mini's Variety Pack

8. Multiple MOJO products:

  • MOJO Honey Roasted Peanut bars
  • MOJO Mixed Nuts bars
  • MOJO Mountain Mix bars
  • MOJO Peanut Butter Pretzel bars
  • MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut bars
  • MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter & Jelly bars
  • MOJO Dipped Fruit & Nut bars

9. Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch Chewy Granola Bars 10. Nature's Path Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor bars 11. ThinkThin Dark Chocolate 12. ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide 13. Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars 14. Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars 15. Chunks of Energy Carob/Hawaiian Spirulina 16. Chunks of Energy HIGH COUNTRY GORP 17. Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets (States: California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) 18. Uncle Eddies Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies 19. Uncle Eddies Individual Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies (Region: SP) 20. Uncle Eddies Individual Organic Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies (Regions: NA, NE, MA, SO, FL, MW, SW: LA, KY only) 21. SunRidge Chocolate Energy Bar (BULK) (Regions: SP, NC, FL, MA, MW, NA, NE, SO & SW: LA Only) 22. SunRidge Energy Nuggets (NOT BULK) (Regions: SP, NC) 23. Tofu Energee Nuggets (Region: SP) 24. Marin Carob Energee Nuggets 25. Aurora Caribbean Crunch Grail mix (NE and possibly NA) 26. Arico Peanut Butter Cookies 27. Arico Peanut Butter Cookie Bars 28. Multiple Simbree products: (Region: PN)

  • Simbree Oat Almond Pistash
  • Simbree Almond Pistachio Energy Bites
  • Simbree Oat Bites with Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios

29. Thai Curry with Peanuts Seasoning Mix by Barron Specialty Foods (bulk and individual jars) 30. Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai 31. Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Shrimp 32. Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Tofu 33. Gluten Free Café Asian Noodles 34. Bear Naked Appalachian Trail Mix 35. Detour brand products (Regions: SW and RM)

  • Runner Chocolate Peanut Butter bars
  • Biker Chocolate Peanut Butter bars
  • Core Strength Caramel Peanut bars

36. Kashi TLC products:

  • Chewy Granola Bars Trail Mix
  • Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax
  • Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Peanut Butter
  • Chewy Granola Bar Shippers
  • Chewy Granola Bars Club Pack
  • GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax Cereal *not in recall: only the Kashi TLC Chewy Honey Almond Flax Granola Bar sample that was shrink-wrapped to the cereal box is being recalled.
  • Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies
  • Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookie Club Pack
  • Happy Trail Mix Chewy Cookies
  • Oatmeal Raisin Flax Chewy Cookies
  • Chewy Cookies display shipper

37. Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars 38. Genisoy Soy Protein Bars:

  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie, 2.2oz
  • Fudge Cookies & Cream, 2.2oz
  • Café Mocha Fudge, 2.2oz
  • Crispy Chocolate Mint, 2.2oz
  • Chunky Peanut Butter Fudge 2.2oz
  • Creamy Peanut Yogurt, 2.2oz

39. Thai Coconut Panko Crust by Barron Specialty Foods 40. Glutino Organic Chocolate & Peanuts Bars 41. Chunks of Energy Mixed Berry Blast 42. Chunks of Energy CRANBERRY APRICOT,OG 43. Earth Island Follow Your Heart Deli Thai Peanut Tofu Wrap 10oz (SoPac Only) 44. Pure Butter CRICKLE, Peanut, Green Gift Box 8z (MA & SO) 45. Organic Fiber Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate [Best By Dates of: May 2009 & Aug 2009] 46. Kariba Farms Thai Peanut NutCrusters Coating Mix 47. KA-ME Green Tea Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix (FL) 48. Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies (NA & NE) 49. Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies - Snack Pack (NA & NE) 50. Boston Cookies Peanut Fudge Brownies (NA & NE) 51. Fabes Mini Peanut Butter Cookies (some regions) 52. Erin Baker's Home-style Granola - Peanut Butter (MA & PNW) 53. SunSpire Organic Dark Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Clusters (some regions) 54. Garden of Life fücoPROTEIN Peanut Butter Crunch bars 55. Golden Temple WHA GURU CHEW Peanut Cashew bars - (MW, PNW & SoPac) 56. Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars] 57. Cascadian Farm Sweet and Salty Mixed Nuts Chewy Granola Bars 58. Cascadian Farm Sweet and Salty Peanut Pretzel Chewy Granola Bars 59. Odwalla Peanut Crunch Bars 60. Chocolate Chip Peanut Odwalla Bars 61. Sweet & Salty Peanut Odwalla Bars 62. Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Odwalla Bars 63. Cougar Mountain Baking Cookie items - (PNW Only) 64. Honey Peanut Balance Bars 65. Heavenly Candy Peanut Bliss - (MW, NorCal, PNW, RM & SW) 66. Theo Brand Peanut Butter Big Daddy bar 67.    Betty Lou's Nut Butter Protein Balls 68.    Multiple Erin Baker's items  (MA & PNW) 69.    ZonePerfect Chocolate Caramel Cluster bars 70.    Bear Naked All Natural Granola - Peanut Butter 71.    Bear Naked All Natural Hybrid Granola - Peanut Butter Chocolate TrueNorth Brand Peanut Crisps <withdrawal> (FL, MA, MW, NA, NE, SO). 72.TrueNorth Brand Peanut Crisps (FL, MA, MW, NA, NE, SO). 73.Crispy Cat Roasted Peanut candy bars 74.Beneficial Foods/Nature’s Candy :

  • Nature’s Candy Peanut Butter Krinkles (Bulk) (MW, RM, SW)
  • Nature’s Candy Karob Krinkles (Bulk) (MW, RM, SW)
  • Beneficial Foods Omega-3 Uplift Bars (MW, RM, SW)

75.Marich Confectionery items:

  • Milk Chocolate Peanuts (10lb, BULK) (Some Regions)
  • Milk Chocolate Peanuts (8oz Bags) (Some Regions)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Toffee – (Unlikely we carry)

76.EB Performance PB &Whey Protein Bites bars (FL Only) 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. Please note: Many manufacturers receive their supply of ingredients from multiple vendors. Therefore, not all products listed here are recalled in total, but rather specific lot or batch numbers made on certain dates. 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

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says …

@Liz &amp; Cindi We have confirmation from our Gluten Free Bakehouse that none of their products were affected by the peanut recall. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/gluten-free.php

T.Stone says …

Probably a silly question, but should I discard the bulk peanut (creamy) peanut butter (and or almond butter) purchased 2-6-09 from the Lomo Alto and Lemmon store in Dallas TX?

Karen says …

What about pet products?

Kashi Fan says …

I keep checking the store to find the Kashi TLC cookies gone from the shelf. Will you please post information about when these products will be restocked.

paig292 says …

@Kashi Fan: I'm sure Kashi is working as quickly as possible to get their stock back out on the shelves. Can't say exactly when that will be. Here's their recall information page from the Kashi website: http://www.kashipeanutbutterrecall.com/

Cindi says …

What about the Whole Foods Gluten-free Peanut Butter cookies? I have a container in my freezer that may be a month old.

ilikeWF says …

Is Whole Foods going to consider re-evaluating some of the products it carries? I have to say that I am very disappointed to see brands like Luna and Clif come up on the recall. I thought they prided themselves on using organic ingredients from verified sources. Sounds like someone's been asleep on the job. That goes for a lot of other 'boutique organic' brands on the recall... if they are going to cost premium prices, I expect premium ingredients.

Liz says …

I was also wondering about the Whole Foods Gluten-free Bakery Peanut Butter Cookies. Are these being pulled as part of the recall? I bought a package a few weeks ago and have been eating them with no issues. However I've noticed that they haven't been in the freezer case at the Whole Foods I shop at for the last two weeks. Not sure if they are just out of stock or pulled as part of the recall.

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.


How could this happen? Doesn't Whole Foods check out its' "organic" suppliers? Don't these "organic" suppliers to the suppliers, get checked out, too? Even our American auto manufacturer's (who were reduced to bumbling idiots by our Congress) do a thorough inspection of each and every supplier's plant (and each tier supplier) BEFORE agreeing to let them make parts for their cars!