Health Highlights: Aug. 9, 2007

After being taken off the market in February due to salmonella contamination, Peter Pan peanut butter will return to U.S. store shelves this month with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, ConAgra Foods announced Wednesday.

The first shipment of the peanut butter will go out next week. As part of the reintroduction of the brand, people who contacted CongAgra during the recall (including those who became sick after eating the peanut butter) will receive coupons for a free jar of Peter Pan, the Associated Press reported. Other customers will be offered $1-off coupons.

More than 625 people in 47 states became ill after eating salmonella-tainted Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at a ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Ga., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ConAgra, which faces several lawsuits related to the tainted peanut butter, said it's renovated the plant to provide greater separation between raw peanuts and the finished product, the AP reported. The company has also developed a new testing plan to ensure the safety of its peanut butter.


Export Ban Placed on Two Chinese Toy Makers

A temporary export ban has been placed on two Chinese toy makers whose products were recalled in the United States because they had lead-tainted paint, the Chinese government said Thursday.

It's not clear how long the export ban will be applied to Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd. and Hansheng Wood Products, both located in the southern province of Guangdong, the Associated Press reported.

The companies "have been asked to evaluate and change their business practices," said a notice posted on the Web site of the Chinese government's General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The administration also said that foreign firms that have their products made at Chinese factories need to take more responsibility for quality control, the AP reported.

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