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Outbreak Of Food Poisoning Associated With Peanut Butter

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Salmonella causes 288 cases of food poisoning.

Do not eat Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter purchased since May 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning. The warning is based on a just-completed epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which links 288 cases of foodborne illness to consumption of varying types of peanut butter.

According to the FDA, certain jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter may be contaminated with Salmonella Tennessee, a bacterium that causes foodborne illness, food poisoning. The suspect contaminated jars have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number “2111”.

The FDA advises consumers to discard any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006.

Salmonella caused food poisoning symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever begining12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. However, in some persons the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Anyone believing they are suffering from food poisoning from the suspected peanut butter or any other food source, should report their condition and the probable cause to the Orange County Health Care Agency at 714-433-6000.

Seems like we are seeing more and more cases of foodborne illnesses. For advice and assistance with a foodborne illness or a food poisoning claim, contact me.