ConAgra Foods Announces Resolution Related to 2007 Voluntary Peanut Butter Recall
- Peter Pan® peanut butter is safe and wholesome for consumers to continue to eat.
The U.S. government agrees
ConAgra Foodsmade significant upgrades to its plant, policies and procedures eight years ago to help ensure the safety of its peanut butter. These upgrades were based on new knowledge food safety experts gained about peanut butter during this outbreak.
ConAgra Foodshas become a recognized leader in food safety.
ConAgra Foodsacted responsibly during the 2007 recall. It took immediate and comprehensive action eight years ago, quickly and voluntarily recalling all of its peanut butter products on Feb. 14, 2007and stopping production for almost six months, until the integrity of new production processes was proven.
- Despite testing, no finished product showed contamination between 2004 and 2007.
The U.S. government agrees that
ConAgra Foodshas a demonstrated record of sharing with both competitors and government agencies scientific data learned about the safe manufacture of peanut butter.
Peter Pan peanut butter has continued to be safe for consumers to enjoy
since its reintroduction to the marketplace more than seven-and-a-half
years ago. Leading food safety practices, including robust testing, new
equipment and extensive training, have helped ensure that the plant has
made safe and wholesome peanut butter on a daily basis.
“We did not, and never will, knowingly ship a product that is not safe
for consumers. We’ve invested heavily in leading-edge food safety
technology and practices over the past eight years, and we are thankful
for all of the people who recognize that and are loyal Peter Pan fans,”
Before the 2007 recall, food safety experts and the regulatory community
believed that salmonella was unlikely to be present in finished peanut
butter products. It was generally believed that the low moisture content
of finished peanut butter inhibited the growth of bacteria such as
salmonella. This case provided new insight into the essential components
of making safe peanut butter, and
Under the terms of a Plea Agreement with the government,
Beginning in 2007,
The signing of the Plea Agreement was the first formal step toward completing the legal resolution of this matter. The Plea Agreement is subject to Court approval, which will be sought along with the formal sentencing process in the coming months.
Teresa Paulsen, 402-240-5210
Vice President, Communication & External Relations
Chris Klinefelter, 402-240-4154
Vice President, Investor Relations