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Peanut Butter Scare Hits Lubbock
Check your pantry tonight. Two popular types of peanut butter are recalled.
Lubbock retailers spent the day pulling the products off the shelves but the
jars may still be in your kitchen. ConAgra is voluntarily recalling a batch
of peanut butter that may be responsible for a salmonella outbreak.
When ingested, salmonella bacteria can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
abdominal cramps, headache, fever and if left untreated, even death.
Lubbockite Chris Bearce said, "I saw on the news at 6 pm that there was a
recall on the Peter Pan peanut butter with the 2111."
2111, The numbers now synonymous with tainted peanut butter possibly tainted
with salmonella. Bearce has a major concern regarding this scare, his son.
He said, "My son eats the peanut butter in the morning for breakfast, My
wife puts it on his toast."
And Bearce found three jars of the recalled batch in his pantry. ConAgra
foods is the food distributor that makes Peter Pan and Walmart great value
brand peanut butter. So far as many as 300 cases of salmonella poisoning in
39 states have been reported.
United grocery stores got an email from ConAgra early Thursday morning
alerting them to the recall. United marketing director Eddie Owens says
their stores are offering refunds.
He said, "Product code should be on the lid of the product and it's product
code 2111. All they have to do is check and see if they've got that product
code and if they do, return it to the store for a full refund and or
replacement and it'll be taken care of."
If you already have one of these jars, you can receive a full refund from
ConAgra. Just discard the product and keep the lid but be sure to double
check the jar itself. A viewer contacted NewsChannel 11 via e-mail and sent
picture showing the product code printed on the jar itself.
To receive a refund from ConAgra you should send the lid or jar along with
your name and mailing address back to ConAgra. Their address is:
PO box 3768
Omaha, NE 68103
If you have questions or concerns about the product or the recall there is a
24-hour toll free hotline. That number is: 866-344-6970
Wal-Mart has announced that if you bring the entire product, not just the
lid, back to their stores, they will offer a full refund as well. We also
spoke with Lubbock ISD today and they tell us there have no worries. They do
not use either brand of peanut butter in their cafeterias.