Survey: peanut recall known but misunderstood

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Harvard survey has found that most Americans know about a peanut-driven national salmonella outbreak but many are wrong about what products are involved.

About 93 percent know about the outbreak and recall.

But about 1 in 4 mistakenly think that national peanut butter brands are involved in the outbreak-spurred product recalls, while less than half are worrying about recalled snack bars, baked goods, ice cream and dry-roasted peanuts.

The poll also indicated little faith in corporations and the government. Only 1 in 3 Americans said they have a good or great amount of confidence in food manufacturers or government inspectors to keep food safe.

The telephone survey included nearly 1,300 U.S. adults. The interviews were done last week.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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