By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

A threat of salmonella contamination has prompted ConAgra Foods to announce a peanut butter recall.

ConAgra Foods announced today that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling all varieties of Peter Pan peanut butter and Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 imprinted on the lids.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee, a bacterium that causes foodborne illness.

An FDA statement released today states that the affected jars of peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number 2111. Great Value peanut butter made by manufacturers other than ConAgra is not affected, the FDA press release states.

Don Peterson from Killeen said he had purchased a large jar of Peter Pan on Feb. 10. Fortunately for him, it was still sitting on the counter at his home unopened when he read the warning on the Internet. Peterson said he called one of the local H-E-B locations and was informed he could come in and receive a full refund.

“We’ve already pulled the product,” said a manager from a local H-E-B. For those who have already purchased that brand, “They can return the product and exchange it for a different product of similar price.”

A Wal-Mart representative said those who purchased the product at one of their stores can call 1-800-WALMART to receive a refund.

If consumers have any Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, it should be discarded.

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