The number of infected people continues to climb in the wake of the recall of Salmonella-tainted peanut products originating from Peanut Corp. of America (PCA). The reported cases of salmonella associated with the recall has reached 683 and spans from coast-to-coast accounting for almost every state and even Canada. It is troubling that the number continues to increase because the indication is that there are still products in circulation. Therefore, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is warning the public to continue paying close attention to peanut products within their homes that may be subject to the recall.
As with the widespread cases, the list of recalled products also continues to lengthen, with more than 3,500 foods currently on the product list maintained by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The greatest offender, however, seems to be two brands of peanut butter crackers: Kellogg’s Austin and Keebler brand peanut butter crackers.
Particularly dubious, in the case of this recall, are the inspectors who visited the Georgia plant on 184 occasions over the last 3 years yet never found evidence of mold, cockroaches and salmonella contamination that was uncovered by the FDA when it investigated the plant in January.
It is also worth noting that consumers aren’t the only ones affected by the recall, as the peanut industry in general is reporting losses near $1 billion.
If you or someone you know has been harmed as a result of PCA’s peanut Salmonella contamination, please contact our law-firm immediately for a free-case consultation.