FDA Chart: Simplified Peanut Product Distribution Pattern
The FDA recently released this "simplified" chart that illustrates the journey of peanut butter products — and salmonella — from the Peanut Butter Corporation of America to the consumer. (You can also download the PDF.)
The distribution chain, starting with a raw product, is so multi-layered that the we can only be impressed by the enormity of the FDA's job of tracking down sources of contamination and then issuing the necessary recalls. As an FYI: As of February 9, 2009, over 1,800 products have been recalled and more than 250 brands affected.
Frighteningly, the chart says, "Actual distribution patterns may be more extensive and complex than what is illustrated here." [via]