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Posted by on Jan 30, 2009 in FDA, Infectious diseases

Just a Reminder: Different Food Brands Often Made in Same Place

Just a Reminder: Different Food Brands Often Made in Same Place

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Unable to top yesterday’s gross-out post from the WSJ Health Blogwhich described mold and roach problems at a Georgia peanut plant implicated in the latest food-borne Salmonella outbreakthis blog can only remind readers that seemingly competitive food brands are often made in the same place. The moral of the story: Buy on the cheap.

Today’s MMWR provides an early-release report of the latest Salmonella outbreak, which has sickened nearly 530 Americans in 43 states (and 1 poor Canadian); led to the hospitalization of 116; and possibly killed 8. Investigators traced the source of the outbreak to a peanut plant in the self-described “Peanut Capital of the World,” Blakely, Georgia, which manufactured PB and peanut paste.* Brands specifically implicated are King Nut** creamy PBsold in massive 5-pound containers to schools and nursing homesand Austin and Keebler PB crackers.

All King Nut PB was produced by the family-owned Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Georgia, plant, and the Austin and Keebler PB crackers were made at 1 unnamed plant, which received its peanut paste from PCA.

* The difference between peanut butter and peanut paste is lost on me.

** I’m king of the nut!

N.B.: As it turns out, Austin and Keebler are both Kellogg brands.

Photo of unnaturally orange PB crackers (which, up until now, I have loved unconditionally) from austinqualityfoods.com.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.