Sunday, January 11, 2009

Peanut Butter Recall- The Salmonella Outbreak in 42 States ( click title to learn more)


Pretty Sad when Peanut Butter is making folks sick, I don't know how many Children are afflicted with this round of Salmonella, but I would suspect a few as mostly children eat alot of peanut butter. More than 400 people are sick in 42 States, before they released the information about the EFFECTED peanut butter. ( Please note that Peanut butter is not a normal contaminated food). Salmonella can be dangerous for the elderly, young, and immune compromised.It causes GI Distress, nausea, vomiting,and cramping and fevers. If Anyone has these symptoms they do need to tell the doctor, especially if they consumed Peanut Butter. Please note that this Illness needs medical treatment with antibiotics and possibley fluids, it will not pass like a flu. Do read more here about this illness.

8 comments:

Dr. Know said...

Jeez, is anything safe to eat these days? I'm curious as to how it got in there, peanut butter isn't usually particularly bio-active.

enigma4ever said...

DrKnow...
I am as confused as you are ....I have no idea...But I do know that at my local market we sell alot of it- I need to go check and make sure it was pulled ( it has been on the local news- just barely...)

( I can not even remember how much PULLED food I have had to throw out this year from lettece to beans etc..)

Fran said...

I read an alert about it- it is "King Nut" brand that is NNOT sold in individual containers to stores, it comes in industrial bulk containers only.

Still this is bizarre.

enigma4ever said...

It is sold in BULK to industrial centers.....that might include schools, prisons and other large facilities....

thebruceblog said...

Wow. This is horrible. That's already a lot of people who got sick. Peanut butter. Who would expect salmonella in something like that!

thebruceblog said...

Wow. This is horrible. That's already a lot of people who got sick. Peanut butter. Who would expect salmonella in something like that!

thebruceblog said...

Wow. This is horrible. That's already a lot of people who got sick. Peanut butter. Who would expect salmonella in something like that!

enigma4ever said...

tuesday 1.13.09:::
Undated -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that peanut butter is the "likely source" of the salmonella infection that has struck 410 people in 43 states and may have contributed to three deaths.

And the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday that the salmonella found in a 5-pound tub of peanut butter that infected nursing home residents there was found by genetic testing to be the national outbreak strain.

The federal agency did not give more details about the deaths and is awaiting the results of more tests before making a definitive ruling. The illnesses began on Sept. 15, and 18% of victims have been hospitalized.

The spread was produced by Peanut Corporation of America, based in Lynchburg, Va., and is distributed nationally by Ohio-based King Nut Companies. It is sold only to institutions such as schools, hospitals and long-term-care facilities.

The CDC says King Nut is the only brand of peanut butter used in the stricken institutions.

When interviewing patients, "the one thing that kept coming up and didn't seem to change was King Nut peanut butter," says Carlota Medus, an epidemiologist with Minnesota's Department of Health.

King Nut Companies has voluntarily withdrawn the product from distribution.

The CDC on Monday raised the number of confirmed cases to 410, from 399 as of Friday, and Mississippi became the 43rd state to report a case. All the illnesses began between Sept. 15 and Jan. 7, but most of the people became sick after Oct. 1.

Salmonella causes cramping, diarrhea and fever. It is the greatest threat to the very young, very old and people with compromised immune systems. CDC officials say the bacteria in the current outbreak has been genetically fingerprinted as the Typhimurium type, which is among the most common sources of salmonella food poisoning

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