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State tests Cary plant's crackers for salmonella

Posted January 19, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Inspectors with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have been collecting samples from a Cary cracker plant since last week to test for possible salmonella contamination.

The Kellogg's plant, which produces products under the Austin and Keebler brand names, received peanut butter from a Peanut Corp. of America plant in Georgia that has been linked to a national salmonella outbreak.

Peanut butter crackers tested at Cary plant Peanut butter crackers tested at Cary plant

Kellogg's recalled 16 products last week because of possible contamination.

Agriculture inspectors on Monday collected samples of peanut butter paste that were shipped to the Cary plant from August to January, department spokesman Joe Reardon said. The plant received 37 shipments of 47,000 pounds each during that period, he said.

They already have tested six types of peanut butter, 18 product samples and 17 environmental and contact samples from the plant's blenders, conveyor belts, floors, walls and drains. All have tested negative for salmonella, Reardon said.

Reardon said that a plant that makes pet treats is the only other North Carolina facility to receive peanut butter from the Georgia plant. Agriculture inspectors also will test products from that plant, he said.

Food companies and retailers across the U.S. have been recalling products with peanut butter in them because of suspicion of contamination amid a salmonella outbreak that has killed at least six people, including one in Catawba County, and sickened more than 470 others in 43 states.

At least 90 people have been hospitalized.


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  • Justin T. Jan 21, 2009

    Hey! You got some salmonella on my crcker!

    Oh no! You got some crcker on my salmonella!

    Thus, the ever tasty "Death Crcker" was born.

    The censorship is just silly, BTW.

  • FromClayton Jan 20, 2009

    todays a holiday? Really? Show me on a calendar. I think it is just a snow day.

  • DeaconBlues Jan 20, 2009

    Where is the crkr plant located at in Cary? is it the same plant that used to be on Chatam ST?, I thought that one closed years ago.

  • davidgnews Jan 19, 2009

    I had salmonella from a restaurant just after Thanksgiving. Nobody had to test ME.

  • Womble_Fred Jan 19, 2009


  • commonsensical Jan 19, 2009

    I'm offended - that word should never be used. Especially on a holiday like today!

  • Fuquay Resident Jan 19, 2009

    I just bought some Lance Tostchee nabs at Wal-Mart Friday night, I wasn't even thinking about the contamination. Does that mean I have to stop eating Reeses too? It's ok, I've got a big bag of Reeses in my fridge from before Christmas I can still eat.

  • fisherphil Jan 19, 2009

    got a giggle outta me

  • silverflash Jan 19, 2009

    I "kracked" up when I read some of your posts and re-read the headline.

    too funny......

  • aintbackingdwn Jan 19, 2009

    WRAL violated their own posting rules on this one. Hey editor - could have posted a better worded headline!