Food banks toss out food linked to peanut recall

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Granola bars, cereals, cookies, nut mixes and peanut butter have long been a mainstay of food pantries because of their durability and long shelf life.

Now, food banks are throwing out thousands of pounds of food containing peanuts recalled in the salmonella outbreak.

And with the economy floundering, the timing couldn't be worse.

The nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, says food banks across the country reported a 30 percent jump in demand in December 2008 compared with the previous year.

The salmonella outbreak has sickened nearly 600 people and is linked to nine deaths.

Federal health officials are investigating allegations that a plant operated by Lynchburg-based Peanut Corp. of America plant knowingly shipped tainted peanuts because of worry over lost sales.

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