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Peanut butter products in Singapore not from suspected tainted US plant

By Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia
18 January 2009 1908 hrs

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has said Singapore does not import any peanut butter products from the US processing facility suspected of salmonella contamination.

AVA also said it would have more checks on food items from the US containing peanut butter.

The company at the centre of the case is the Peanut Corporation of America, which manufactures peanut butter for private label food companies.

On Tuesday, it issued a recall of the product made at its Blakely, Georgia plant.

Six people are suspected to have died from salmonella poisoning in the US, after consuming products containing peanut butter.

As of Friday, 474 people across 43 states in the US have been reportedly affected by the outbreak. The very young and the elderly are among those most ill.

The AVA has advised consumers to discard the affected products if they had been bought outside of Singapore.

- CNA/ir

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