Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters were contaminated with Salmonella Tennessee and caused 329 people to get ill, 51 of whom ended up in hospital, says the US FDA (Food and Drugs Administration).
The FDA has issued a public warning telling people not to eat Peter Pan peanut butter that has been on the market since May last year. The same applies for Great Value peanut butter, lot number 2111 (sold by Wal-Mart). Products which may be contaminated include 3/4 once and 1.1 ounce single serving packs of Peter Pan peanut butter – they were manufactured in the ConAgra’s Sylvester, Georgia plant. Anyone who has any of these products should throw them away immediately.
The FDA says the outbreak is ongoing.
Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by salmonella:
People with poor health or weakened immune systems can experience invasion of the bloodstream by salmonella, and infections which may be fatal.
The FDA advises anyone who has consumed any of the above-mentioned products and is experiencing any of these symptoms to contact a doctor or health care provider immediately. Food service providers, restaurants and all institutional food establishments that receive reports of illness from consumers after they have eaten these products should report this immediately to their local health department.
All peanut butter products manufactured by ConAgra, Sylvester, Georgia, have been recalled – production has stopped until experts can find out what caused the contamination.
Written by: Christian Nordqvist
Editor: Medical News Today