Beware; Peanut Butter May Be Cause of Salmonella Outbreak - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/19/09

Beware; Peanut Butter May Be Cause of Salmonella Outbreak

Stop eating anything that contains peanut butter. That is the word now from the Food and Drug Administration.  

The problem started as salmonella scare in eight states, with dozens of consumers reporting diarrheal illnesses linked to peanut butter. Now, the outbreak has become widespread and deadly.  Investigators reported more than 470 people in 43 states have gotten sick from eating peanut butter believed tainted with salmonella. At least 90 people have been hospitalized and six have died.  So, what about that jar of peanut butter in your pantry?

Cleveland Clinic Registered Dietician Tara Harwood says, "If you already have a jar you should be safe, however if you have any products in your house that contain peanut butter I would hold off on eating them. Symptoms could be flu-like symptoms so a lot of people thought they had the flu and it's really a food borne illness." 

 Cookies, crackers, and other snacks that contain peanut butter or peanut paste are on the warning list. Officials are really focusing on bulk tubs of peanut butter produced at the Peanut Corporation of America's Georgia facility. The problem is at least 85 companies had reportedly purchased peanut products from the Georgia Company under investigation.

The bottom line is that if you have eaten something with peanut butter in it and you experience flu-like symptoms within 12 hours of eating it, you should see a doctor because it may be salmonella.

For more information on specific recalls, go to The FDA Website .

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