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Hy-Vee recalls certain peanut-containing products

January 30, 2009

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Hy-Vee Inc. is voluntarily recalling its party mix and peanut brittle because the products contain whole peanuts that have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

All sell-by dates are included in the recall. The products are sold in various types of packaging and have a Hy-Vee price label attached, according to a press release. The items should be destroyed or returned to Hy-Vee for a full refund.

The party mix and peanut brittle are sold in Kansas Hy-Vee stores, including the two Lawrence stores at 3504 Clinton Parkway and 4000 W. Sixth St. The products have not been directly linked to the salmonella outbreak and there have been no reported cases of the illness.

The action was taken immediately after Peanut Corporation of America expanded its recall to include whole peanuts. Earlier in January, the company recalled a number of lots of peanut butter and peanut paste because of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella. An FDA investigation has since identified PCA as the source of the bacteria.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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