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Demand For Peanut Butter Buoys Peanut Sales Despite 2008 Salmonella Outbreak

October 19, 2009: 06:05 AM EST
The slump in sales of peanuts caused by last year’s national salmonella outbreak that killed nine people turned out to be short-lived, thanks apparently to America’s devotion to peanut butter as a food staple. Sales of peanuts for peanut butter bounced back in 2009 to their pre-outbreak strength, though sales for processed snacks remained down during the year ended July 31. The quantity of peanuts used to make peanut butter reached 1.1 million pounds, beating the previous record of one million pounds, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. “Peanut butter manufacturers are running wide open," said one peanut farmer.
"Peanut Products Rebound after Health Scare", The Associated Press & CBS News, October 19, 2009, © The Associated Press
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