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State health officials issue recommendations on Salmonella-tainted peanut butter

February 16, 2007

view FDA Issues a Warning about the Consumption of Certain Brands of Peanut Butter

On February 14, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers not to eat Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter with a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111" due to the risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The FDA is telling consumers that if they have any of this brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it.

At least 288 people in 39 states have been identified with this strain of Salmonella Tennessee which has been epidemiologically linked to the consumption of these particular brands of peanut butter. Five of these cases are Massachusetts residents with onsets of illness from early November 2006 to late January 2007.

MDPH is recommending that people who have consumed the implicated peanut butter and are well should immediately discard the product. People who have recently consumed the product and are ill with gastrointestinal symptoms should notify their health care provider and be tested. Ill individuals should record all information from the product lid and label before discarding. Local health departments will be asked to obtain complete food histories, including peanut butter consumption from all confirmed cases of Salmonella Tennessee.

At this time MDPH will not be collecting or testing any peanut butter product from either ill or well individuals.

Consumers who have questions can contact ConAgra at 866-344-6970, the FDA at 888-INFO-FDA, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800. Consumers can also obtain a refund by sending the product lid and their names and addresses to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7078.

MEDIA CONTACT

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer
617-665-3833
sfeinberg@challiance.org


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