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Chapter 6: Peanut Butter Paste Recall of 2009
Peanuts have a strong association with U.S. society. Children, except those with peanut allergies, typically love peanut butter and other peanut products. The peanut butter industry alone is an $800 million dollar a year industry in the United States (O'Brien, 2009). Dr. George Washington Carver's peanut research was a catalyst for making the peanut such a valuable cash crop and popular food item in the United States. Internationally, the United States is the third leading peanut grower and one of the leading peanut exporters in the world (“About,” n.d.). But in 2009, peanut butter transformed from comfort food into frightening food due to a Salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter paste.
What started as ...