Food Business News - October 9, 2012 - (Page 11)

Sunland peanut butter recall expands WASHINGTON — A peanut butter recall that began Sept. 22 has been expanded to include 76 varieties of peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, tahini and roasted blanched peanut products made by Sunland, Inc., Portales, N.M. According to the company, products made between May 1 and Sept. 24 may be contaminated with Salmonella. “There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter every day,” said Jimmie Shearer, president and chief executive officer of Sunland, Inc. Tthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sept. 25 a total of 30 people had been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney in 19 states. Four people had been hospitalized, but no deaths had been reported. The C.D.C. said the illnesses have been linked to Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt. Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., maker of MoonPie and LookOut! branded snacks, announced a voluntary, limited recall of its Peanut Butter Crunch products with “Best By” dates of Feb. 26, 2013; March 25, 2013; and April 29, 2013. Sunland supplies peanut butter to Chattanooga. “Chattanooga Bakery’s Peanut Butter Crunch products have not been associated with any of the reported illnesses,” the company said. “Regardless, we are taking this precautionary step to protect our customers and their families from any possible risk. Customers who have purchased this item are urged not to eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the retailer for a full refund.” Other companies that have initiated recalls related to the products manufactured by Sunland, Inc., include the retailers Fresh & Easy, Giant, Harry & David, Stop & Shop as well as food marketers such as Newman’s Own Organics, Justin’s and Late July Snacks. For a updated list of recalled products, visit FBN RAND study shows rapid rise of morbid obesity SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — A study conducted by the RAND Corp. found that from 2000 to 2010, the proportion of Americans who are morbidly obese rose from 3.9% to 6.6%. The findings mean more than 15 million adult Americans are morbidly obese with a body mass index of 40 or more. The research firm said one piece of good news from the study is that beginning in 2005 the rising number of morbidly obese adults began to flatten. “The proportion of people at the high end of the weight scale continues to increase faster than any other group of obese people, despite increased public attention on the risks of obesity,” said Roland Sturm, lead author of the report and a senior economist at RAND. “But for the first time in the past 20 years there is evidence the trend is slowing.” The study is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, an annual telephone survey that tracks health risks in the United States. Height and weight included in the survey is self-reported, and more than 3 million respondents were included in the analysis for the past decade, according to RAND. The study suggested that clinically severe obesity, instead of being a rare pathological condition among genetically vulnerable individuals, is an integral part of the population’s weight distribution. As the whole population becomes heavier, the extreme category increases the fastest. The trend varies by gender and ethnicity, although it remained upward among all groups. The prevalence of severe obesity was about 50% higher among women than among men, and about twice as high among blacks when compared to Hispanics or whites. For all levels of obesity, the increases over time were faster among age groups younger than 40. To be classified as severely obese, a person must have a body mass index, a ratio of weight to height, of 40 or higher — roughly 100 lbs or more overweight for an average adult man. The typical severely obese man weighs 300 lbs at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall, while the typical severely obese woman weighs 250 lbs at a height of 5 feet 4 inches. People with a B.M.I. of 25 to 29 are considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or more classifies a person as being obese. For a 5-foot10 inch male, a BMI of 30 translates into being 35 lbs too heavy. The findings were published online by the International Journal of Obesity. FBN October 9, 2012 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 11

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Food Business News - October 9, 2012
Unilever may put Skippy brand up for sale
Fruit prices on the rise
Bio-engineering on the ballot in California
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Web Contents
Editorial - Instant noodles as single food product success
Snyder’s-Lance expands distribution in southwest U.S.
American Sugar buys majority of Belize Sugar Industries
F.A.O. Food Price Index rises in September
Sunland peanut butter recall expands
RAND study shows rapid rise of morbid obesity
Dean puts Morningstar Foods on the trading block
Chiquita Brands names Edward Lonergan as c.e.o.
Smart Balance unveils new name, new structure
Clarkson Grain acquires US Soy
Alpina opens yogurt facility in New York
Chris Solly to c.e.o. of Ehrmann USA
ConAgra to expand frozen meals production
Campbell Soup closing two facilities
Jack Link’s acquiring Nebraska facility
New Kraft seeks to unlock ‘true potential'
Mondelez establishes global ambitions
August Restaurant Performance Index rises
Hershey to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020
Kroger introducing ‘Simple’ brands
Environmental claims to face greater scrutiny
Health and Wellness - Sodium reduction remains a priority
Ingredient Innovations - GRAS for probiotics seen as step toward market acceptance
Studies focus on probiotic benefits
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
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Food Business News - October 9, 2012