Making Better Butter

In recent years, the peanut and peanut butter industries have struggled with highly publicized recalls of contaminated peanut butter. in 2007, one of the united states’ largest peanut butter manufacturers, Peter Pan, took a huge hit when its peanut butter caused over 400 cases of salmonella across the country. As a result, it was forced to recall all products containing peanut butter made after 2005.

To prevent these costly — and potentially deadly — mistakes, the FDA has enacted strict quality control standards and testing regulations throughout the production process. Ensuring that these standards are met can make the overall production process more complicated, but ultimately results in safer — and more delicious — peanut butter.

The peanut butter industry is evolving quickly. While many agree that peanut butter is a healthy, protein-packed food, the market for natural or organic nut butters is growing steadily as customers seek even healthier options. Regardless of whether it’s organic spread or a jar of good old Jif, however, Americans are still eating about 700 million pounds of peanut butter every year, and the supply chain shows no signs of slowing down.

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