Major Expansion Announced in Peanut Recall

"Our message is still: People should not be concerned about national name brand peanut butter in jars from super markets," said Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

More than 70 companies have bought peanut butter and peanut paste from the Blakely, Ga. processing plant. Before today, the list of recalled products had already included items such as peanut butter-flavored cookies, candies, cereals, crackers, ice cream and dog biscuits.

As numbers climb higher, people like Marler are questioning the government's ability to keep food safe as products make their way through a complex supply chain from farms to grocery store shelves to kitchen pantries.

Today Marler said it's key for the government to step up its efforts and require "across-the-board bacterial and viral testing on all ready-to-eat products."

"The reality is that, frankly, U.S. companies do a marvelous job at poisoning our own citizens," Marler said. "Our focus on imported products are frankly misplaced given the fact that most food-borne illness outbreaks that occur in the United States are caused by homegrown companies."

To make sure shoppers don't get sick, health officials have posted several resources online, including updates on recalled products listed by the FDA and updates on illnesses, compiled by the Centers for Disease Control.

The American Peanut Council has also posted a list of companies that say their products are safe to eat.

"Today, FDA's food program is a shell of what is needed," DeWaal said. "FDA has repeated incidences of national outbreaks linked to its products. And we have to believe it's because they simply don't have the staff or the resources to adequately oversee food safety."

"It is the responsibility of the industry to produce a safe product," Sundlof said. "The FDA is not in plants on a continuous basis, we do rely on inspections to find problems when they exist."

ABC News' Lauren Cox contributed to this report.

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