In a memorandum from the Survey and Certification Group, the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has urged nursing home and other long-term
care facility administrators, owners, and food managers to check their
institutional supply of peanut butter and other products containing peanut
ingredients for food items that may be affected by recent voluntary recalls due
to possible Salmonella contamination.
memorandum, Reference: S&C-09-29, was issued in response to Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) requests for
assistance in warning nursing homes and long-term care facilities regarding the
potential danger to their residents of eating recalled food products. According
to the memorandum, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
have received reports of deaths of nursing home residents with underlying health
conditions who had consumed recalled food products containing peanuts
contaminated with Salmonella.
The FDA provides the following helpful examples of products that might
contain peanut ingredients:
- Ice Cream
- (Major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores
have not been among the products recalled)
Personnel at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are encouraged
to check the FDA
searchable database of recalled products to determine if food supplies could
contain contaminated items and to identify additional recalls as they become
available. For those without Internet access, the same information can be
obtained by calling the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD during regular business hours.
Please contact one of the authors if
you have questions about CMS’s memorandum.