January 29, 2009
Peanut Corporation of America Expands Recall and Issues Statement
The Peanut Corporation of America published two press releases yesterday. First an extended recall notice:
Peanut Corporation of America Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut Products PCA Announces the Voluntary Recall of All Peanuts and Peanut Products Shipped from Georgia Plant
Lynchburg, Va. (January 28, 2009) Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is voluntarily recalling all peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia facility since Jan. 1, 2007. Previously, PCA announced a recall of peanut butter and peanut paste. PCA sells its products to institutional and industrial users for service in large institutions or for sale and further processing by other companies. PCA does not sell peanuts or peanut products directly to consumers in stores.
And then a statement:
Statement by the Parnell Family and Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)
Lynchburg, VA (January 28, 2009) – “The goal of Peanut Corporation of America over the past 33 years has always been to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s good manufacturing practices in order to provide a safe product for consumers.
It is because of our commitment to our customers and consumers that PCA has taken extraordinary measures to identify and recall all products that have been identified as presenting a potential risk.
PCA will remain vigilant to the recall process until we know all potentially harmful products have been pulled from store shelves and families have all the necessary information to remove recalled products from their homes. We are also working to identify those additional measures that will make our manufacturing process more effective in meeting federal and state guidelines and producing a safe product.
PCA uses only two highly reputable labs for product testing and they are widely used by the industry and employ good laboratory practices. PCA categorically denies any allegations that the Company sought favorable results from any lab in order to ship its products.
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