Peanut Butter Contaminated with Salmonella Recalled
Lynchburg, Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America has announced a nationwide recall of peanut butter from one of its plant facilities because of a connection to the salmonella outbreak. The company announced that 21 lots of peanut butter that were made at a Blakely, Georgia plant on and beyond July 1 will be recalled. The peanut butter is sold under the brand name Parnell’s Pride and King Nut by the King Nut Co. It is made for bulk distribution to food service industries, institutions, and private label food companies.
Authorities and the CDC have linked two deaths in Virginia to this outbreak, while one person is reported dead in Minnesota. A further 400 people have been sickened in 43 states. Health officials have recommended that restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and universities dispose of peanut butter containers linked to the outbreak.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and a fever for up to three days after the infection begins. But people who have become ill can be sick from four to seven days. While most people will recover completely, some may need to be hospitalized due to dehydration, while others may become extremely sick from the bacterium spreading to their blood stream. The very old, very young, and those with compromised immune systems are most likely to become gravely ill.