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Peanut Recall Forces Food Banks To Toss Out Goods

Last updated on Thursday, February 12, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Food banks across Indiana are removing peanut products from their shelves as a result of the massive peanut recall.

Gleaners Food Bank President Pam Altmeyer says the loss comes at a difficult time, as the recession increases demand for food. She says they have been forced to pitch more than 30,000 pounds of product in the wake of the recall. She calls the process expensive and time consuming, but also says it's better to be safe than sorry.

Gleaners redistributes donated product to 430 charities in 20 Indiana counties.

The Indiana State Department of Health reports at least nine Hoosiers have been sickened by salmonella from contaminated peanut products.

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