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Stacy Masterjohn says ...
Hi. The Henry's Market (A Wild Oats Market company) website transferred me directly to the wholefoodsmarket.com website for information on the Salmonella Peanut Butter issue. Above you state that your Private Label Peanut butter is not part of the recall. Does this include the Henry's Farmer's Brand as well? The Creamy Peanut Butter variety (in particular) - "made for and distributed by Henry's Farmers Market" and trade-marked by Wild Oats Markets Inc. Thanks, Stacy
01/23/2009 3:07:04 PM CST
beth b says ...
paige, can you please answer my original question @12:59pm. thanks. i just made another attempt to get answers from the store and got nothing.
01/23/2009 4:08:56 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@beth b: I'll try to help you out. Clif Bars has a full list of the products and lot numbers that are being recalled. The best way to get the most up to date information is to go to their website. We have links from our Product Recall page (link in the post above). Remember that many of these recalls are being made using the "abundance of caution" principle. Their products may not be implicated in any illnesses, but they are recalling them while the investigation is under way. If you would like to return any bars to the store, please feel free to do so regardless of the lot number.
01/23/2009 5:55:41 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@Stacy: Peanut butter sold to consumers is not implicated in the FDA's investigation. The FDA says that “Major national brands of jarred peanut butter are not affected by the PCA recall.” I'll ask our food safety team about the Henry's/Wild Oats brand specifically, but there are no indications currently that any peanut butter like this is affected.
01/23/2009 5:58:52 PM CST
beth b says ...
perhaps i did not make myself clear. i will try again. 1. i buy clif mojo bars every weekend when i shop at WFM princeton. 2. i eat the clif mojo bars i bought on the weekend during the week. 3. after i eat the clif mojo bars, i discard the wrapper. 4. i have tried to ask the store if they sold any of the recalled bars before they took them off the shelves. 5. i have tried to ask the store if in fact they HAVE sold any of the recalled bars before they took them off the shelves, WHEN they sold them. 6. i have no bars to return to the store because I ATE THEM. i don't understand what's so complicated about my question. i do not have wrappers to check dates or to return to the store because I ALREADY ATE THE BARS I BOUGHT.
01/23/2009 6:51:12 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@beth b So long as you have a receipt, you can "return" these items to the Whole Foods Market from which you purchased them. Our apologies for any confusion in this process.
01/23/2009 7:23:46 PM CST
RecycleBill says ...
The PCA website <a href="http://recyclebills.squarespace.com/recycleblog/the-rich-go-dumpster-diving.html" rel="nofollow">makes no mention</a> of being a manufacturer of organic products-- why?
01/24/2009 8:57:55 AM CST
Deigh says ...
It is mentioned on this site that Whole Foods Market (WFM) has received assurances from manufacturers that peanut butter contained in specific Whole Foods products is not sourced from PCA. It could be reassuring to consumers for WFM to request proof from manufacturers of Whole Foods products containing peanut butter that the peanut butter used is infact not sourced from PCA.
01/24/2009 4:16:49 PM CST
Ron C. says ...
I just bought some 365 Everyday Value Whole Foods Creamy Peanut butter. After making a dessert with it, I remembered the recall. I noticed that Whole Foods "Private Label" peanut butter does not contain product from PCA and is not on recall. I also noticed that the FDA recommends not using any peanut butter or products made with it. Is the 365 brand OK? I assume it is.
01/24/2009 10:07:21 PM CST
Mitch Beesom says ...
Thanks for publishing the item list. I just recently bought a number of the items at the Whole Foods in Mill Valley, CA. Will retunr those I haven't eaten. And not sick, so that's good news. Just read a nice story about Whole Foods being on the Frtune top places to work list. Congrats. Here's a link to the Blog post: http://naturalspecialtyfoodsmemo.blogspot.com/2009/01/retail-memo-despite-its-battle-with-ftc.html You should put this Blog on your blogroll. It's been writing some of the best stuff about your situation with the FTC. it's www.naturalspecialtyfoodsmemo.blogspot.com Thanks again for posting the item. Might have saved my life:)
01/25/2009 12:03:01 AM CST
Ron Bain says ...
Just to seek a clarification: We recently purchased Whole Foods "Chunky Almond Butter" (365). I assume this peanut butter is safe judging from Paige Brady's remark that "Peanut butter sold to consumers is not implicated in the FDA's investigation. FDA says that Major national brands of jarred peanut butter are not affected by the PCA recall." Thank you for your attention. Ron
01/25/2009 9:24:21 AM CST
Rose Montgomery says ...
I have Jiff Creamy Peanut butter in a 40 oz jar wich was made and packaged by the J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville,OH 44667. Is this part of the recall and is it safe to use and eat? The codes on the jars are D51500240908,use by May 16 2009. Please notify me as soon as possible. Thank you. Rose M Montgomery
01/25/2009 1:08:46 PM CST
PaulV says ...
It's interesting to find out that so called "organic" products include the peanut butter from that plant, especially considering they are NOT an organic plant. Can someone explain the difference to me? My wife insists on purchasing organic food and at a greater cost.
01/25/2009 4:59:33 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@Ron C: You are assuming correctly: our 365 Peanut Butter is fine and not affected by the recall. @Ron Bain: You reference "almond butter" which is not affected by the recall at all. Only peanut butter has been implicated. All of our private label peanut butters are not affected. @Rose: No major brands of peanut butter have been recalled and Jiff is not listed on the FDA website as having a recall on jars of peanut butter. @EVERYONE: I encourage you to check out the FDA searchable list of all products that have been recalled. It is extremely easy to use and will answer a lot of your detailed questions. Find the FDA's <a href="http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm" rel="nofollow">searchable database</a> of all recalled peanut butter products here. @RecycleBill and PaulV: I don't know the answer to your question but I'll see if I can find out.
01/26/2009 10:24:48 AM CST
Scott &amp; Beth says ...
I recently purchased some Luna Bars from the Whole Foods near my house in Medford MA, today I found the products to be on the recall list so I threw them out. Is Whole Foods going to remove the recalled items from the stores or do I need to check them myself? How do I get a refund?
01/26/2009 2:19:23 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@Scott &amp; Beth We have removed recalled products from our stores and are continuing to monitor the situation. If you would like a refund, please bring your receipt to the store and we will issue you a full refund.
01/26/2009 3:58:56 PM CST
Neyla says ...
I am so upset about the Peanut Butter recall! What is going on in this world these days, nothing is safe anymore. I can't have peanut butter crackers when I deploy because I have to worry about if they are going to make me sick or not. I love peanut butter and now thats just one more thing I have to give up...its just sad!
01/27/2009 6:31:00 AM CST
Laurie says ...
I have seven of the luna nutz ove chocolate bars that are on the recall list (I checked the sell by date &amp; upc code). Do I need the receipt to return these to the store?
01/27/2009 2:39:56 PM CST
NCat says ...
I purchased some of your fresh-made bakery peanut butter cookies several days ago but have been scared to touch them - are they (&amp; your other fresh bakery products) safe to eat?
01/28/2009 6:42:11 AM CST
paig292 says ...
@Laurie: No, you do not need to have your receipt to receive a refund. Just bring them in to your local store. @NCat: Based on the information currently available from the FDA, we have pulled any questionable source ingredients from our bakeries. Since the cookies are from a few days ago, they should be fine. If you have any concerns, though, please feel free to return them and exchange for a non-PB cookie.
01/28/2009 9:38:02 AM CST
josh says ...
are nutty bars from little debbie safe to eat or will they make me sick?
01/28/2009 3:21:35 PM CST
shelju says ...
I just want to say THANK YOU for being so diligent, cooperative and forthcoming with your customers on this PB situation. This is just another reason why I am a WFM fan!!!
01/28/2009 8:41:24 PM CST
Margaret says ...
I recently bought the WHOLE FOODS brand peanut butter covered pretzels. They are sold in the clear 9oz containers. Are those affected by the recall? It's not listed but I just wanted to know for sure. Thanks!
01/28/2009 9:15:22 PM CST
Meena says ...
I went through the FDA site and they do mention dry roasted peanuts being on recall. http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph/faq.html I know the 365 dry roasted peanut boxes we consume are not organic.Does this mean the recall extends to them too? Thank you, Meena.
01/29/2009 11:57:47 AM CST
hsiaw says ...
@josh We do not carry Little Debbie products as they do not meet our minimum Quality Standards, so I cannot speak to the safety of their products. I recommend checking out their website for more information or contacting their customer service department directly. http://www.littledebbie.com/about/news.asp
01/29/2009 1:14:16 PM CST

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