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Don’t Eat Peanut Butter Products!

Posted by feww on January 18, 2009

FDA and CDC Advise Against Peanut Butter Products Pending Salmonella Outbreak Investigation

The FDA and CDC Saturday recommended consumers not eat products containing peanut butter (including candy, cereal, cookies, crackers, and ice cream) until it could be established whether those products are responsible for the ongoing salmonella outbreak, which has so far sickened some 474 people in 43 states and may have contributed to 6 deaths.

The outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium is blamed on Peanut butter.  Peanut butter and products containing peanut paste made by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at a processing plant in Blakely, Ga., have already been recalled.

About a quarter of the known cases required  hospitalizations and the infections may have contributed to six deaths, according to Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Centers’ division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.

The reported sicknesses began in September, but have since grown in numbers with more than 20 cases reported on January 16. The very young, elderly and immunocompromised are most at risk.

“In terms of food products which contain peanut butter, but have not yet been recalled, we urge consumers to postpone eating these products until information becomes available about whether that product may be affected,” FDA said.

Kellogg announced it was voluntarily recalling some of its Austin and Keebler brand peanut butter sandwich crackers, as well as snack-size Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies.

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can result in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever. Most people infected with Salmonella develop the symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover with treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. For more information on Salmonella bacteria, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

Peanut Corporation of America is a family-owned and operated business since 1976 based in Lynchburg, VA and operating facilities in Blakely, GA, Suffolk, VA and Plainview, TX.

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One Response to “Don’t Eat Peanut Butter Products!”

  1. Anton said

    For anyone concerned with the recent FDA advisory regarding products containing peanut butter, check out this link to view an extensive list of products that contain peanut butter. http://blog.foodessentials.com/outbreak-alert/list-peanut-butter-containing-products/

    [Disclaimer: FEWW is neither affiliated with http://blog.foodessentials.com/ nor can it verify the accuracy of their list.]

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