Peter Pan' and 'Great Value' brand peanut butter recalled

The recall came in light of an investigation into the illnesses of some 288 people from 39 states. Reports of illnesses have come in from New York and Vermont, and one family in Mooers did find a jar in their cupboard with the specified code. Public health officials in multiple states, with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are investigating a large outbreak of salmonella Tennessee infections. It was also reported that of the 120 patients for whom clinical information has been made available, 31 were hospitalized. Luckily there have been no reports of deaths. The first illnesses were reported August 1, 2006, and the outbreak has been described as prolonged and of low intensity, with 0-2 new cases reported daily in January nationwide. CDC has been working with state and local health officials, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine the food responsible for this outbreak. Finally, public health investigators were able to identify peanut butter as being consumed more often by ill persons than well persons and as statistically linked with illness. That led officials to seek additional information about the brand of peanut butter, consumption habits, and the patterns of distribution of cases. Health officials and the peanut butter industry representatives are now working together to learn more about the production of peanut butter in an effort to determine how it became contaminated. Ill from eating above-mentioned brands of peanut butter? If you think you may have become ill from eating peanut butter you should consult your health care provider. Those infected with salmonella often develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Those at the highest risk include the elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems. For more information on salmonella infection and this outbreak, please refer to the following Web site: www.cdc.gov\Ncidod/diseases/submenus/sub_salmonella.htm.

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