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Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Update

Here is an update from the FDA site about the peanut butter salmonella outbreak.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 290 people from 39 states who have gotten sick from Salmonella Tennessee, the Salmonella type associated with this outbreak. Forty six (46) patients are known to have been hospitalized and there have been no reported deaths.

The 39 states with reported illness are: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia."

If you believe you are part of the Salmonella outbreak that was traced to Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter, here are a few suggestions:

1. If you or a family member are still sick, please seek medical treatment.

2. If you do seek medical treatment, please ask that a stool culture be done to try and confirm that you have been sickened by salmonella. A stool culture is the only way to confirm that you have been sickened by the Salmonella bacteria. The lack of a positive stool culture, however, will not preclude a claim. We expect that a majority of claimants will not have a positive stool culture.

3. You should contact you local health department about your concerns and to relate information about your family members’ illnesses. Please make note of your peanut butter label, the brand, and the product code found on the lid—“2111” is the implicated product. Also note when and where you purchased it. This information will help the health department’s investigation.

4. If you have any left over peanut butter, please put the entire jar in a plastic bag and place it in a cool spot. Do not return the lid to ConAgra as we will need it to prove your claim. Please let your local health department know that you have it. They may offer to test it. If not, we will arrange to have it tested.

5. If any family member is currently sick, please be sure to attend to careful hygiene. Frequent hand washing can help reduce the risk of spreading infection among family members.

  • mollie

    I just found out that my jar of peter pan peanut butter has the “2111” code. Has been ate out of the jar. What do i do? Thanks

  • william

    I’ve placed mine in a plastic bag for possible testing by a law firm’s lab. My local public health department in Tarrant County Texas is useless. They have a recorded message saying contact your doctor.I plan on using Marler Clark’s firm in Seattle or a local one that is offering help since I was sick for 4 months (off and on) after eating the Peter Pan #2111 product.

  • James Patrick Comeaux

    I have a jar of the recalled peanut butter. I have used some and have been sick. Please send me some information so I can get on the list. Thank you.

  • Tom Godzicki

    I’d like to know where I can get my jars of peanut butter tested, as I already can confirm from how sick I got on many different occassions over a 2 mont period of time. I didn’t go to the hospital, nor did I call off of work at a temp-to-hire job, both for financial reasons. I honestly wanted to die when the illness hit. I spoke with a law firm here in PA, and they want 40% of the settlement which I think is outrageous and unfair. IF they’d eat some of this peanut butter and share the agony with me, then sure, I’ll give them nearly half! I bought 5 jars of this stuff, all with the effected codes. I only ate from two of them. What a nightmare. Do I even need an attorney to get in on the class action suit? I’d love to know these answers! THANKS.

  • DeAnna

    I am so glad I found this site. My daughter’s (she is 16 years old) doctor confirmed this past Tuesday that my daughter has been slowing poisoning herself since Sept of 06 due to salmonella infested peanut butter I bought 6 of the Peter Pan jars and she has eaten all but 1.5 of the jars. I bought them all at the same time back in September 06 since they were on sale. Since my daughter ate only a small amount every couple of days (a few tablespoons a day on an apple) and since she has been on antibiotics for her skin (cephalxen), our doctor told her that being on antibioltics probably saved her from being deathly ill every time she ate the peanut butter. That is also why our doctor didnt pick up on food poisoning until now. My daughter has been so ill since Sept and we have been thru every testing we could think of. She has gone thru esophogeal tests, stomach tests, allergy tests, extensive blood tests, etc all for nothing. We were just about to send her to a gastrointestinal doctor for the next step to figure out why she has been so sick. She is now on the “drug of choice” for salmonella and should be feeling better in about 7 more days. FINALLY!!! This has been soooo frustrating. She has had some of her teachers give her a hard time about missing school for being sick plus having to catch up every time she missed. She has had the embarrasement of vomitting in school many many times. She has also missed alot of crew (rowing) practices because she just couldnt handle the workouts. At least we now know what the problem is and now she is on her way to recovery! This should never have happened. This poor child has suffered since Sept 06 all because of infected peanut butter.

  • Allison

    DeAnna,
    What was the drug of choice the doctors gave your daughter (my mother has it too) ?
    Thank you.

  • Tyanna

    I went through the ER 2-2-07,with pain,nausea,etc..one week later or so,we hear this about peanut butter.Sure enough,I have the peanut butter..It’s to bad we have to worry about things like this!! Good Luck to All.

  • Brenda

    I just found out today why my 80 yr.old Mother has been sick!!I called her today and she said she had forgotten to tell me she had a jar of the (2111) peanut butter–scared me to death–she has had stomach cramps and diarrhea off an on for a couple of months! I see on the list of states that they can now include Louisiana!!It’s a shame you can’t go to Wal-Mart an buy a jar of peanut butter and have to worry if it or anything else is safe to eat or not!

  • Angela Watson

    All three of my family members got sick. We had it for over a month, not sure what was causing all of these symptoms. We thought it was the flu of some sort. My husband is a diabetic and he was unable to eat. His blood sugars dropped to 20 and I had to call 911. There were voer 14 paramedics in my house trying to revive him. This peanut butter is a scary thing. I want information on the lawsuit as well. I have 2 jars, told by the fDA to keep them in a cool place.