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Safeway Recalls Selected Peanut Products Sold at 66 Stores with Nut Kiosks

Contact:
Teena Massingill
925-467-3810

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- PLEASANTON, Calif. — January 30, 2009 — Safeway has been notified by Orchard Valley Harvest that it is voluntarily recalling a number of conventional and organic peanuts supplied to Safeway  because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Orchard Valley Harvest has informed Safeway that it sourced the peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America.

Safeway is participating in voluntarily recalling six varieties of dry roasted peanuts and all fresh ground peanut butter. The recall includes peanut butter ground by customers and taken to checkout for weighing, and peanut butter that is ground, weighed and labeled by store associates.
These items are sold only at stores that have in-store “Nut Hut” kiosks. (A list of the 66 stores with Nut Hut kiosks is attached.)

This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution. No illnesses have been reported.

All of the recalled peanut products are sold in clear plastic containers. With the exception of self-ground peanut butter, the products are labeled with a description, weight and price.

Product Name

PLU Code

Peanuts Dry Roasted Unsalted 02 41529
Peanuts Dry Roasted with Salt 02 41530
Organic Peanuts Runner Splits Dry Roasted Unsalted 02 41552
Peanuts Blanched Runner Splits Dry Roasted Unsalted 02 41528
Peanuts Blanched Runner Splits Dry Roasted with Salt 02 41553
Organic Peanuts Runner Splits Dry Roasted with Salt 02 41561 
Peanut Butter Salted 02 41379
Peanut Butter Unsalted 02 41386
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge 02 41392
Organic Peanut Butter Unsalted 02 41397
Organic Peanut Butter Salted 02 41396
Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Unsalted 02 41405
Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted 02 41406
All peanut butter ground and sold in the kiosk area. Weighed and identified at checkout

Customers in possession of these peanut products should discard or return them for a full refund.

The recalled peanuts and fresh peanut butter have been removed from sale. All display bins and nut butter grinders have been cleaned and sanitized. No other bulk nuts or nut butters are involved in this recall.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.  For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web site at www.cdc.gov.

Safeway continues to monitor the ongoing recall associated with peanut butter based products due to potential contamination with Salmonella.  Consumers can also monitor the situation at the FDA website where additional information and a complete listing of products subject to the nationwide recalls linked to peanut butter is available.

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