Starbucks pulls peanut butter products in U.S., Canada

Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:38pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp on Monday said it has pulled all products containing peanut butter from its stores in the United States and Canada as a safety precaution.

The move came amid a U.S. salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter and peanut paste from the Peanut Corp of America's Blakely, Georgia processing facility. Seven deaths have been tied to the contamination, which has made hundreds of sick, according to U.S. health officials.

The coffee chain said its products are not affected by a massive recall of peanut butter products and that Peanut Corporation of America is not a Starbucks supplier.

Some of the pulled products include the company's protein plate, granola bars and peanut butter cookies.

(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein, editing by Leslie Gevirtz)

<p>Starbucks signs are seen outside one of its stores in New York July 3, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East</p>