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King Nut and Parnell’s Pride Peanut Butter Linked To Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak–Recalls Ordered

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is the hometown newspaper for King Nut, the Solon, Ohio based snack and airline food company at the center of the nationwide Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak.

It has a good wrap-up today of the events that have transpired since late Friday after Minnesota health officials linked the outbreak King Nut brand creamy peanut butter.

The outbreak has made almost 400 people in 42 states sick and may be responsible for one death. Two brands of peanut butter have now been linked to the outbreak and recalled by their makers.

The Plain Dealer reports:

On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health said preliminary laboratory testing found salmonella bacteria in a 5-pound container of King Nut brand creamy peanut butter. The tests have not linked it to the type of salmonella in the national outbreak, but additional results are expected early next week.

The container was found in the kitchen of a nursing facility, leaving it open to cross-contamination from another source, according to the peanut butter’s manufacturer, Peanut Corp. of America in Lynchburg, Va.

The company did not say where the nursing facility was located or when the contaminated product was discovered.

King Nut Cos.  Saturday  asked customers to stop distributing all peanut butter under the King Nut and Parnell’s Pride brands with a lot code that begins with the numeral "8." Both brands are made by PCA.

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