China Recalls U.S. Peanut Butter After Importing Suspect Batches

BEIJING (AP) - China is recalling U.S. peanut butter following the manufacturer's announcement that certain batches were tainted with salmonella.

ConAgra Foods last week recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at its Sylvester, Georgia plant. Health officials have linked the products to a salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 329 people in the United States since August.

A Chinese news agancy said China imported three batches of the two peanut butter brands in September and December of 2006 and January of 2007, totaling 742 cases.

At least 156 cases have already been sold in Beijing.

U.S. shoppers have been told to toss out jars having a product code on the lid beginning with the numbers "2111," which denotes the plant. The jars sold in China had the same code on the lids.

Xinhua did not say if there had been any reports of people getting sick in China from eating the peanut butter.

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