February 3 2009, 10:31 AM
Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks Inc. is among the latest casualties in the tainted peanut scandal that has sickened the nation. As the Food and Drug Administration reveals in a press release, the Oregon-based company's trail mixes could be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious illness and even death. King Soopers' parent company, Kroger, is pulling dozens of peanut-infused items, according toÂ 7News, including Clif and Lara bars, ice cream, and lip gloss. The fictional Mr. Peanut, who is not implicated, might want to "clobber the geniuses at Peanut Corporation of America with his cane," writesÂ The Washington PostÂ in an editorial that notes PCA's wholesale plant in Georgia knowingly shipped Salmonella-tainted peanut products, spawning one of the biggest recalls in U.S. history.Â Eight people are dead and more than 500 people are ill, according to the feds. The Post notes that U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, will "try again to get a bill passed that would require the FDA to devise a system that would make it possible to trace food and produce from the farm to the dinner table."