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GNC joins other brands in peanut butter recall due to salmonella outbreak

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH General Nutrition Centers on Thursday announced a precautionary, voluntary recall of certain lots of its GNC Triflex Peanut Butter Soft Chews product sold in 60 count containers (UPC 048107036942, lot numbers ending in 8275 and 8255) in response to the widening recall involving peanut butter and peanut paste ingredients manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America.

PCA is the focus of a current investigation by the Food and Drug Administration concerning possible salmonella contamination in its peanut butter. PCA was a peanut butter ingredient supplier to Primrose Candy Company, the company that manufactures this product for GNC.

No other GNC brand products have been impacted by the PCA recall.

The product has not been linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak, and there have been no reported cases of the salmonella illness associated with this product. Primrose Candy Company tests every lot of finished GNC Triflex Peanut Butter Soft Chews for salmonella and no salmonella contamination has been detected.

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Wegmans makes Fortune ‘Best Companies’ list

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans Food Markets on Thursday announced the company has been ranked No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine’s 2009 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Wegmans has appeared on FORTUNE’s list for 12 consecutive years and has ranked among the top 10 for seven years running and among the top 5 for five years in a row, the company stated.

“With the challenging economy, being a great place to work is the best way we can take care of our customers,” stated Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman.

The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 2 issue of FORTUNE.

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Hy-Vee recalls peanut butter products due to salmonella outbreak

BY Alaric DeArment

West Des Moines, Iowa A supermarket chain in Iowa has recalled products made with peanut butter that may contain salmonella bacteria.

Hy-Vee said Saturday that its bakeries would voluntarily recall baked goods made with peanut butter. It included all sell-by dates in the recall, saying it sold the products in various packaging and quantities and that all products should be destroyed or returned for a full refund.It took the action after the Peanut Corporation of America issued a recall of the peanut butter used to make Hy-Vee baked goods, a precautionary step because of an unresolved nationwide outbreak of salmonella.The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been investigating the outbreak since earlier this month after samples of Peanut Corporation of America peanut butter made at its plant in Blakely, Ga., tested positive for contamination with salmonella. PCA sells peanut butter in bulk to bakers and institutions such as long-term care centers and cafeterias, not to consumers.

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