JANUARY 27, 2009–CARLSBAD, CA–Jenny Craig, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of its Jenny’s Cuisine(R) Anytime Peanut Butter Flavor Nutritional Bars (UPC Code 655447009347) for U.S and P.R. distribution with the following BEST BEFORE DATES: MAY1209ALO, MAY1209BLO, MAY2409BLO, MAY2509BLO, MAY2509ALO, MAY2609ALO, & MAY2609BLO, because the product contains peanut butter which was manufactured by Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), which is the focus of an ongoing Salmonella investigation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). PCA is one of the suppliers of peanut ingredients to the company’s contracted manufacturer.
There have been no cases of illness or adverse effects reported by any Jenny Craig customers, and no other products within the Jenny Craig food portfolio, including those made with peanut butter or other peanut ingredients are affected by this recall. No Salmonella contamination has been detected in the Jenny Craig Anytime Peanut Butter Flavor Bars. This voluntary recall is in line with FDA recommendations, and Jenny Craig has removed all products within existing inventory.
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 persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web site at www.cdc.gov (or call 1-800-232-4636).
“The health and safety of our clients are our number one concern,” says Amy Armish, director of food technology and quality assurance, Jenny Craig, Inc. “We are communicating directly with our clients and consultants and are urging all clients who have purchased or are in possession of this product to immediately destroy them. Clients seeking a replacement bar are being asked to visit their Jenny Craig centre or call their Jenny Craig consultant and a replacement bar will be issued in its place or an adjustment made to their next order.”
The Anytime Peanut Butter Flavor Nutritional Bars were distributed directly to clients through Jenny Craig centers or the at-home Jenny Craig Direct program. The Anytime Peanut Butter Flavor Nutritional Bar is not available in other retail stores and not sold under any other name. Clients having further questions or concerns may contact their local Jenny Craig center or call 1-800-JennyCare.
Source: Jenny Craig, Inc.