Illegal Amounts of Aflatoxin (fungus) Found in these Peanut Butter’s

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has urged consumers in possession of various peanut butter brands manufactured by House of Natural Butters to return them to the point of purchase.Acting Commissioner Thezi Mabuza said the manufacturer informed the Commission that the products from Pick n Pay’s No Name brand, Eden All Natural brand, Wazoogles Superfoods and Dischem’s Lifestyle brand were found to have higher than legally acceptable levels of Aflatoxin, as set out under R1145 Regulation Governing Tolerance of Fungus-Produced Toxins in Foodstuffs.

The recalled products are Dischem’s Lifestyle 400 grams Smooth and Crunchy, Dischem’s Lifestyle 800 grams Smooth and Crunchy, Wazoogles Superfoods (all sizes starting from 32g to 20kg), Pick n’ Pay’s No Name 1kg Smooth, and Eden All Natural.

“Pick n Pay, Eden All Natural, and Dischem’s Lifestyle brands were distributed nationally, while Wazoogles Superfoods products were distributed mainly in the Western Cape,” Mabuza said.

Mabuza urged consumers in possession of these products to immediately stop consuming them and return them to the point of purchase for a full refund “with or without proof of purchase”.

While the Commission is investigating the affairs of the manufacturer, House of Natural Butters (Pty) Ltd, Mabuza said the NCC will also conduct a nationwide assessment to establish whether other brands are affected.

“The Commission urges the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of peanut butter to comply with regulations and conduct urgent tests to assess the safety of the products on their shelves and take immediate corrective steps, if found to be unsafe,” Mabuza said.

The Commissioner reiterated that the Consumer Protection Act requires that goods that pose any risk of harm to the consumer be recalled, and “it is the responsibility of the manufacturers, importers, and retailers to ensure that goods comply with all applicable laws and standards of the Republic”.

“Aflatoxin may lead to health complications not limited to nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. We, therefore, urge South African consumers, who have the recalled products, to immediately stop consuming these products and return the products to the point of purchase for a full refund, with or without proof of purchase,” Mabuza said

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Ingredients in Homemade Peanut Butter

  • Peanuts: Use either raw peanuts (if you prefer the flavor of raw peanut butter) or pre-toasted peanuts. We like the optional step of roasting the peanuts which helps loosen the oils and makes it easier to blend into a smooth butter.
  • Salt: If using salt make sure the peanuts are not salty
  • Optional ingredients: For creamier peanut butter, add peanut oil (or another favorite oil). For sweeter peanut butter, add honey (or other sweeteners).

How to Make Peanut Butter in a Food Processor

Peanuts go through a few stages on their way to becoming spoonable, spreadable peanut butter.

Here are the easy steps:

  1. Pulse the peanuts until ground. At first the mix looks impossibly crumbly and dry in the bottom of your food processor, but let it go a little longer and it starts resembling actual honest-to-goodness peanut butter.
  2. Process for 1 minute. Let the food processor run continuously for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  3. Repeat this step 2 more times. After about three minutes, you might be tempted to call it good — but I’m going to give you the nod to keep on going.
  4. Add the salt, oil, sweetener, and any other extras. Now is the time to add salt and any other ingredients that you want.
  5. Process for 1 to 2 additional minutes. In the next minute or two, I’ve found that something magical happens. What seemed like perfectly fine peanut butter before suddenly becomes a few degrees softer and smoother. This is the stuff that peanut-buttery dreams are made of.

Tips for Creamier Homemade Peanut Butter

Just so our expectations are all in line, you should be prepared for the fact that homemade peanut butter will never be quite as perfectly smooth as, say, a jar of Skippy. Homemade peanut butter will always have a rougher texture than the commercially-prepared stuff. That being said, you can achieve creamier peanut butter with a few tips:

Use a good-quality food processor. A powerful food processor or blender will make a difference.

Toast the peanuts. Toasting the nuts before blending helps a lot — this warms the oils in the nuts and helps everything blend together more easily. Toasting also gives your peanut butter a deeper, richer flavor.Add peanut oil. You can add a bit of oil — peanut oil or another favorite oil — to help bump up the creaminess.

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