Nutters Over Peanut Butters

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 again–2005.

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.