The fact that peanut butter is so great is really the problem. It's delicious, high in protein and goes great with all kinds of stuff - jelly, celery, chocolate, crackers...and the list goes on...
So a problem with peanut butter is a BIG problem.
Which is why the recent salmonella outbreak is so widespread. And confusing.
Oddly enough, as far as anyone can tell, you only have to worry about products with ingredients from one source: the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). (I say "as far as anyone can tell," because remember how we got all freaked out about tomatoes when we only should've been worried about jalapeños? I haven't heard anything different this recall. But I still feel the need to throw that little qualifier in there.)
How do you know which peanut-containing products may have sinister PCA-produced ingredients? There are a few ways to find out. Pick your favorite:
- List of brands not affected by the recall
- List of all recalled peanut-containing products - download in Excel or PDF (that would be Portable Document Format, Chanelle!)
- Search for recalled products by brand name, product description and/or UPC code
I'll leave you with this quote from a washingtonpost.com editorial:
"EVEN THOUGH he's not caught up in this mess, Mr. Peanut must want to clobber the geniuses at Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) with his cane."(I don't think he's the only one.)
EDITED: fixed "brands not affected by the recall" link above. (Should go to http://www.peanutsusa.com/USA/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.page&pid=262.)
Photos by me.