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Peanut butter recall finds jars in McDuffie

The national recall of jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter touched cupboards in McDuffie County last week.

According to Bi-Lo Co-Manager Bubba Gibson, the store emptied the shelves of the contaminated jars immediately.

He said some customers who had already bought the peanut butter had received refunds at the store.

"We've got a bin in the back, locked up that we keep all the recalled peanut butter in," Mr. Gibson said. "They're sending out a representative to tell us what to do with it."

Managers at the Thomson Wal-Mart were referring all questions about the recall to their corporate offices.

On Thursday, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced the recall of Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter beginning with product code 2111 imprinted on the lid of both brands.

The recall was a voluntary move by ConAgra Foods, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began investigating a statistical report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that these products may be linked to foodborne illness caused by Salmonella, according to a Department of Agriculture press release.

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it. For a full refund, consumers must return the product lid along with their name and mailing address to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7078, according to the press release.

Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall can call the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 866-344-6970. For more information contact or

Web posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007

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