June 4, 2007: Almost 200 More Cases of Salmonella Food Poisoning Linked to Peanut Butter

In its most recent update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increased the total number of people affected by Salmonella food poisoning linked with peanut butter by almost 200 over the total provided by the agency in March.

According to the June 1 CDC report, 628 people residing in 47 states contracted this foodborne illness. Individuals from 2 months to 95 years old were affected. While 20% of those who became ill were hospitalized, no deaths have been reported. Also according to the CDC, investigation into the cause of the food poisoning outbreak is ongoing.

Salmonella has been linked with Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter produced by ConAgra at a plant in Sylvester, Georgia. ConAgra has said that moisture resulting from a leaky roof and faulty sprinkler system at the plant created conditions in which bacteria could grow. Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have been recalled since February.

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of multiple food poisoning outbreaks throughout the United States. If you or a loved one has been harmed by Salmonella food poisoning, please fill out a free case evaluation or contact us toll-free at 1-877-934-6274. For more information about Salmonella food poisoning, visit the pages of this blog and the website www.foodpoisoning.com.