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|Knox County Health Department Kept Busy By Peanut Butter Recall
|The recent recall of many peanut based products has a local health department keeping busy. The Knox County Health Department has been out making sure local stores, big and small, have properly pulled recalled products off their shelves.
Director of Environmental Health with the Knox County Health Department Wil Hayes says the products first pulled from the shelves included a peanut paste, but now the recall has expanded to include any peanut product that comes from the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia. Hayes tells WGIL some stores have a hard time keeping up with the big recall list.
"We have found a few places who still had product on the shelf, whether it be they just missed something or they weren't aware that this (particular) item was on the list," Hayes said. "The list is rather large. When you go to the FDA website and print it off, the last time I looked at it, it was 25 pages."
Hayes did say that many larger stores have their own recall procedures and receive recall information at the same time the local health department does so when Hayes comes to the store, many, if not all the products have already been pulled from the shelves. Hayes said he has found that some smaller stores still had some recalled merchandise on their shelves but says sometimes it's hard for the smaller stores to make sure every product on the list has been removed.
Both Hayes and the Knox County Health Department warn area residents if they find any product in their homes that are from the Blakely, Georgia plant, to just throw the item out, because Hayes says it's better to be safe than sorry.
CLICK HERE for a link to the most recent peanut butter recall list from the FDA.
|02 04 09 by Newsroom
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