I like a good PBJ every once in a while. I had one today, taking my life in my hands… so I decided to check online what brands were affected by the recall of the Peanut Corp. of America troubles and I found a cool widget. Naturally, I had to put it here.
It was on the FDA website and it’s pretty amazing to see such a useful application of technology by the government.
I played with it a bit and found that I was pretty safe eating the Peter Pan we have on hand. Actually, we buy enough of the stuff, it’s probably been in the cupboard since before the whole incident.
Most of the product seems to be either sold in the south, or in commercial bulk packages, which is where the danger seems to be – other products with PB as an ingredient. Many of the brands seem to be house brands for stores in other areas of the country, but some struck close to home. It’s probably safe to say the some product almost anywhere in the US has been affected.
I saw some Wegmans products. I also saw some ice cream made by local maker Perry’s Ice Cream that was sold both under the Perry’s brand and the Meijer name. There aren’t any Meijer stores here, but you don’t have to go far down the road to find them. I think I’ve seem them in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
It seems like the big name brands mostly escaped. They probably use enough peanut paste to do their own processing. So a Reese’s Cup is probably safe, but a store-brand candy with peanut filling might not be. Same goes for peanut butter. seems like they said Jiff and Peter Pan are okay, but the various store brands were recalled. You won’t find any of them in a store, I’m sure, but if you are doubtful about what is in your cupboard, check the widget at the left.