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Peanut butter in my soy butter jar today - (Read 5,344 Times)
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KristinJ
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Hello,

My name is Kristin, and I just wanted to share some information with all of you that I feel is quite urgent for the parents of peanut-allergic kiddos to be aware of. No one is injured from the incident, but it scared me enough that I felt I should make people aware of it in the hopes that it could prevent a reaction somewhere down the line. Some of you may belong to Kids With Food Allergies, and may have seen my post over there (I'm the same “KristinJ"). A KFA member PM'd me a little while ago and suggested that I post my situation here--I have never been to this forum before, so I apologize that we have to "meet" under these circumstances, Smiley but I hope my post here helps to protect someone.

I opened a brand new jar of WalMart ("Great Value" brand) soy nut butter today, thought it looked strangely "solid" for soy, made myself a sandwich, took one bite, and immediately knew it was peanut butter. I haven't eaten PB in nearly four years (used to love it), so the taste was very distinctive to me and it was definitely NOT soy butter. I thought maybe I was mistaken, so I called in my hubby to taste it, and he said, "What are you doing eating peanut butter in the house?!" I remembered how proactive KFA (Kids With Food Allergies) was in handling the recent Silk recall, so I immediately went to KFA's website to get the info on what I should do next. I struggled a lot about posting the issue on a forum, since it is just "one person's experience" and I didn't want to cause widespread panic. But in all honesty, I would rather share this experience than NOT share it and risk someone getting hurt.

I bought two jars of soybutter, both with the same UPC code. One tastes like PB, one doesn't. I contacted the WalMart I bought it from and spoke to their Assistant Manager, then left a message for the FDA. I also called WalMart's Corporate Headquarters and spoke to a CSA there, and I have to say, everyone took it very seriously. I have been on the phone with the fellow from the FDA today on and off (else I would've posted earlier), and they, too, are making it a priority. I am just now getting back online.

If any of you are members of KFA you have probably already seen the thread over there, but if you aren’t, please go take a look (it’s in the Main Forum, so anyone can view it). I will do my best to update folks as I go along. I am supposed to hear from the FDA tomorrow with information on an inspector who will contact me.

I still can't believe this happened! Smiley I am just glad it was >>ME<< who found the jar, and not a babbysitter or preschool teacher, who may not have been so PB Savvy. Smiley

Kristin
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Kristin, thank you for taking the time to post this. I am very glad that nobody who's PA ended up eating that jar. Please keep us posted about what you find out. I'm assuming you'll send the jar for testing, yes?

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Post Icon Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Kristin!

Do you think someone should post a link to Kristin's post at
http://www.peanutallergy.com/ ?

I'll post a link at about.com .

Any other boards you guys can think of?
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Hi, KPSesame! Smiley (me waving!) I saw the related thread, but I wasn't sure if I should add to that one, or start a new one when I posted today. Someone already C & P my KFA post there (it's okay--I gave permission), so you guys have seen my moments-after :O. Here's a link to the discussion there: http://kidswithfoodallergies.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2540057262/m/5810091855?r=5810091855#5810091855 I'm afraid I don't know any forums other than KFA & now this one, so I'll leave the links & such up to you, if that's okay? I would imagine that any immediate FDA stuff that went on with this would be available asap w/KFA's RSS feed, too.
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Welcome!

I have to say I just posted on the other thread that I can't believe it. Not that you are lying, just that a single jar of soybutter could be filled with PB on the manufacturing line. So either there are MANY of these jars out there, or some one tampered with yours.

Both are scary prospects. I'm glad your family is ok.
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Thanks again! Smiley Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

"I have to say I just posted on the other thread that I can't believe it. Not that you are lying, just that a single jar of soybutter could be filled with PB on the manufacturing line. So either there are MANY of these jars out there, or some one tampered with yours."

Sorry...I don't know how to quote on this panel Smiley It IS really weird, and I have to say, I haven't really thought much past letting someone know about it--it's just now sinking in. At first I thought, "Well, if >I< have someone's peanut butter, that means someone out there has some soy they arent't expecting, and that could be equally as dangerous", kwim? I really hope this was isolated, and that there aren't more jars out there. You make a really good point--we DON'T know how bad this is. How scary.
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 19th, 2008 at 12:12 am

It has been posted about at pa.com. I went over there to do it but someone had beat me to it. Smiley There are a few things that are important enough, and this was one.


KristinJ--thank you for posting about it over here. I'm so glad no one in your family was hurt.

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Does anyone know if it's in the same looking jar as the Great Value Peanut Butter?

AS IN: someone in that Walmart (a worker or someone just IN the store as a customer) could have switched the tops and the labels from the 'same looking' jar of PB??

If I remember, isn't the Great Value one made in a peanut free facility? (I actually thought it was relabeled IM Healthy...like how IM Healthy supplies TJ's)

IF the plastic containers for the PB and SB are the same...just different label and different lid...then it wouldn't take a lot of effort for someone to steam a label off one and put it on another, and change the screw on lids.

Food for thought...scary food for thought...b/c otherwise I don't see how there is just 1 jar, instead of like someone else mentioned...that doesn't just happen on manufacturing lines (ever watch Unwrapped)?

Hope everyone stays safe,
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 19th, 2008 at 03:01 am

I have been leery of the walmart soy butter and now I'm glad I never bought it.

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Post Icon Posted: Jun 19th, 2008 at 04:12 am

Thank you so much for posting this Kristen. I'm so glad that it wasn't not your PA child who ate the pnut butter and that everything is okay.

Thank you for sharing this important and potentially life-saving information.

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Post Icon Posted: Jun 19th, 2008 at 08:06 am

Jun 19th, 2008 at 01:12 am, nameless wrote:

Does anyone know if it's in the same looking jar as the Great Value Peanut Butter?

AS IN: someone in that Walmart (a worker or someone just IN the store as a customer) could have switched the tops and the labels from the 'same looking' jar of PB??

If I remember, isn't the Great Value one made in a peanut free facility? (I actually thought it was relabeled IM Healthy...like how IM Healthy supplies TJ's)

IF the plastic containers for the PB and SB are the same...just different label and different lid...then it wouldn't take a lot of effort for someone to steam a label off one and put it on another, and change the screw on lids.

Food for thought...scary food for thought...b/c otherwise I don't see how there is just 1 jar, instead of like someone else mentioned...that doesn't just happen on manufacturing lines (ever watch Unwrapped)?

Hope everyone stays safe,
Adrienne


I don't see how someone could switch a label in a store and still have it properly adhered to the jar and not have it noticed what they were doing. I would think that it happened back at the plant with the label machine.

Question for Kristin (btw, thanks for posting this and welcome) does their soy butter have an xcont statement on the label? Maybe they are made on shared lines and this was one batch that slipped through before they switched products? Either way I'm really glad you caught it. Hope the people at the FDA and Nebraska can get it sorted out asap for you.

I'm so glad you found the jar too and not someone else!
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 19th, 2008 at 08:37 am

Wow, Kristin, thank you for taking the time to come here and post!

I agree that this would have had to be the end of the batch. The labels are on a spool for most production lines. But that probably does mean there are more jars out there.

Most people would just say "huh, peanut butter" and use it or toss it. Not really a reportable issue for most. I've heard the FDA is pretty quick to jump on these things, so hopefully they'll get right on it.
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 19th, 2008 at 08:55 am

D-man's mom, there's no x-contam warning on their soy butters, which is strange, since most of their other products are labeled very well for x-contam. I had heard that their soy & the peanut might be made in different areas (or perhaps even facilities), but I've never looked into it, so I don't know for sure. My son can't eat soy, either (he has EE, as well), so the soy butter has always been "just for me", and it was never something I looked into, kwim? If they ARE made in a seperate facility, then this just got a whole lot stranger, because that label was definitely not "swapped out" by hand.

Booandbrimom, I agree about the irony in this, that a person allergy-savvy enough to know how dangerous this could be had this happen. If there ARE other jars, I hope it's the non-FA families who've discovered them. Smiley

I hope to hear from the FDA today about an investigator contacting me.
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