Peanut Butter Recall Hits Schools

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 29, 2009

The federal government says California schools have received shipments from the Peanut Corporation of America or PCA - the company whose peanut products are suspected of salmonella contamination. That’s because PCA’s voluntary recall now includes products dating back two years.

State schools superintendent Jack O’Connell says everyone needs to make sure they do not have any PCA peanut products. 
“It is also absolutely vital that all parents, volunteer groups and schools be sure to check their cupboards and refrigerators to find and dispose of the peanut products and raw cookie dough that might be involved in the recall.” 
O’Connell says he’s confirmed that five distribution centers in Los Angeles County received PCA products and up to 70 districts statewide may also have the products in question. At least 175 Southern California districts and agencies are on alert. More than 60 people around the state have reported illness from the PCA goods -- so far O’Connell says no school children are among them.