February 15, 2007: Peanut Butter Recall Announced For Possible Salmonella Contamination

ConAgra Peanut Butter Recall

Peanut Butter Recall News – ConAgra Foods, Inc., is recalling all jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter with a product code on the lid beginning with the number 2111. The peanut butter may be linked with a Salmonella outbreak that has affected 288 people in 39 states since August of last year. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the outbreak is probably ongoing.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this would constitute the first Salmonella outbreak linked with peanut butter. All of the peanut butter in question was produced at ConAgra’s factory in Sylvester, Georgia. The FDA, which is warning people not to eat the peanut butter in question, is investigating the Georgia facility.

Peanut Butter Recall – Outbreak Information

Of the 288 individuals who became sick, about 20% were hospitalized. There have been no reported deaths. The majority of cases have been reported in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.

According to the CDC, no more than two cases had been reported each day since the outbreak began in August. The CDC was able to identify the probable source of the Salmonella only recently through an epidemiological study linking the cases. The FDA was given the report on February 13.

CDC Salmonella Information

According to the CDC, there are about 1.4 million cases of Salmonella food poisoning in the U.S. each year, with more than 500 of those resulting in death. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe illness.

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

Anyone who has eaten Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with the suspect product code and has experienced any of these symptoms should contact a healthcare professional immediately. In addition, the FDA recommends informing local and state health officials.

For more information about Salmonella foodborne illness, visit the pages of this blog and the website www.foodpoisoning.com.

To read the FDA news release in its entirety, go to http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01563.html.

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