A number of peanut paste products have been used over the centuries, and the distinction between peanut paste and peanut butter is not always clearcut in ordinary use.
The term has been used in rural Queensland, Australia as a synonym for peanut butter. This followed pressure from dairy farmers who did not want peanut butter competing with butter for market share.
The product was known in Western Australia for many years as peanut paste because, by definition, 'butter' is a dairy product. The same product was available in other states - presumably Queensland excepted - as peanut butter. Manufacturers complained about having to produce different labels for different states and the Western Australian government changed the rules on the use of the word 'butter' to allow for one set of labels.
- Steven Reinberg (2009-02-19). "Peanut Butter Product Recalls Mount". HealthDay News. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2009-02-02. "More companies pull products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while salmonella probe continues"
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