Three more major US retailers have issued recalls as the fall-out from the peanut butter salmonella scare widens.

Safeway, Kroger and Meijer all pulled products yesterday (19 January) over fears the lines could be contaminated.

There have been a raft of similar moves from US food manufacturers and retailers in the wake of the recall from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

On Sunday, PCA, the supplier at the centre of the scare, expanded its own recall to include peanut paste and peanut butter made at its Blakely facility in Georgia.

Yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration confirmed that the source of the outbreak is peanut butter and peanut paste made at the Blakely site.

To date, around 474 people have fallen ill in 43 states, and at least 90 have been hospitalised. Six deaths are being blamed on the outbreak.

Safeway recalled Eating Right Kids Apples with Peanut Butter with use-by dates of 27 December 2008 to 2 February 2009. The retailer also pulled Eating Right Kids Celery with Peanut Butter with the same use-by dates.

A third product recalled by Safeway was Organic Bark Peanut Butter Cookies and Cream.

Meanwhile, Kroger has recalled its Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream in 48-ounce and 56-ounce containers. The 48-ounce packs have a use-by date of 13 September 2009; the larger containers have a use-by date of 11 August.

Kroger said the affected products were on sale in six of its chains, including City Market and Fred Meyer, in 11 states.

A third retailer, Meijer, has pulled two types of Meijer brand crackers and two lines of namesake ice cream.

The retailer said Meijer Cheese Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Meijer Toasty Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Meijer Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream and Meijer Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream had been recalled.

Yesterday, own-label manufacturer Ralcorp recalled a number of products containing peanut butter that it had manufactured for retailers Food Lion and Wal-Mart.