Food banks across the US have had to destroy inventory after a widespread salmonella outbreak in peanuts.
For example, from Southwest Georgia:
The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia gets three or four recalls a day from their parent company Feeding America. At the Albany location they’ve had to destroy as much as 300 pounds of peanut butter products that were on the list. A pallet load of Austin’s peanut butter crackers is driven from the warehouse at the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia to the dumpster. One by one volunteers unwrap each pack, destroying the product. “It has to be disposed of and taken out of its original package so it removes the threat of someone coming into our dumpster and getting the product,” said Food Bank President Brett Kirkland.
Food banks across Indiana are clearing their shelves of peanut products recalled following a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened hundreds of people nationwide and may have contributed to eight deaths. The loss of so many different types of food that contain peanut products comes amid a surge in demand for food from those who’ve lost jobs or income because of the reeling economy. ood Finders Food Bank Inc., the Lafayette area’s largest food bank, has disposed of or quarantined 1,327 pounds of food with peanut products, executive director Katy Bunder said.
“A lot of [clients are] people who’ve lost their jobs or single mothers working as waitresses and not making enough money to put food on the table,” Hilltop Village Food Pantry director Roseanna Gray said. Demand for the pantry’s free food has increased just as donations have declined, Gray said. It’s bad enough as it is,” Gray said. “To have to throw things away just breaks your heart.”