I blogged about the salmonella crisis with peanut products
here, but since the story continues to unfold, I thought I’d discuss
it again. Also, it has quickly escalated into a national epidemic of sorts,
and it’s affecting a lot of local manufacturers and food retailers.
The recall of products made with peanut products from the Peanut Corporation
of America has become massive. Initially, it was the Peanut Corporation
of America’s Georgia plant that was thought to be the source of
tainted products. Now, the company’s plant in Plainview, Texas has
also been found guilty and forced to shut down. Authorities in Texas have
issued recalls for products made at the plant since 2005. Let me say that
So far, more than 2,000 products from more than 200 companies have been
recalled, and the Peanut Corporation of America? They filed for bankruptcy.
It boggles my mind how many companies have been dependent on the Peanut
Corporation of America for all their peanut product needs. Who is going
to fill the demand now? This might be a good time to start a peanut processing plant!
In terms of local companies affected by the crisis, New Seasons Market
just took their freshly ground, self-serve peanut butters off the shelves,
since the peanuts came from GloryBee Foods in Eugene, which purchased
peanuts from the Peanut Corporation of America. Other local companies
that have issued recalls include Allann Bros. Coffee of Albany, C&K
Market Inc. of Brookings, Heavenly Candy Co. of Tigard, Harry & David
of Medford, Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks Inc. of Tillamook, and more.