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Top five things to do if you think you have Salmonella poisoning from peanut butter

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.

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. 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.

Marler Clark is pursuing claims on behalf of over 100 families who have contacted the firm in the wake of the Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated peanut butter, and will file a Salmonella lawsuit against ConAgra foods tomorrow.  You can keep up to date on the Salmonella outbreak here at the Salmonella blog, or at the FDA Web site.

  • Linda

    We have a jar of the recalled peanut butter. My 6 year old got sick last week. He was vomiting, had diareha and a temperature around 102. Is there anyway to tell if it was in fact from salmonella?

  • chris slagle

    I have two jars with that 2111 on them what should I do to with them?

  • tracey

    i have two jars of this peanut butter (crunchy and creamy). i had some on tuesday. i am feeling okay, but i am worried because i am 13 weeks pregnant. should i see the doctor or wait to see if i develop any symptoms?

  • Thomas Pride

    Outbreak in Las Vegas NV,
    My 12 daughter has been sick for the last 3 days and thanks to CNN we know can link it to the Wal-Mart peanut butter with the 2111 code.

  • Barbara Hooker

    I have just discovered that we have a half jar Peter Pan 6111, what do I do?
    I was sick for about 2 weeks with all the symptoms, diarrea,vomiting, cramps, fever, chills, and more, thought I was going to die.
    I was at first too sick to get to doctor, when I went, they had no clue, said stomach bug probably.
    I am 59,a heart patient,have had open heart surgery
    am disabled,and have so many other health problems.Any after effects?

  • Barbara Hooker

    One correction – its number is 2111 on the lid.

  • A. Battle

    I have a half of a jar left with 21116319001144b on the lid. Me and my other two roommates have recently eaten from this jar. My two roommates have both had their turns being sick one at a time in January. The are both okay now. We thought it was the flu (could have been I guess). I havent gotten sick so far and no one has eaten any for about 14 days now. No one has been to the doctor about this even when they were sick. Should we all go to the doctor or is it too late to determine anything? Also, what should my next step be? I am not throwing the jar away until I am sure I will not need it for proof. Thank you for your time and any assistance you can give me. A.Battle in Georgia

  • Carina C. Carlisi

    Hi, Me and my parent got violently sick vomiting,diarrea, cramps, and headache. We still have the peanut butter jar with label 2111. What should we do? We didn’t go to the doctor cause we just thought it was a stomach virus and it would pass. Any information would be helpful. thank you.

  • Rita J Goode

    My son was sick for three days with severe diarrea, vomiting, fever and headaches. Then I got sick, and then my husband.
    My son missed school for three days (immediately after missing the entire week before due to the ice storm), I got behind on my housework, and my husband missed work for two days…and doesn’t get sick pay, being self employed, and all….). I spent money on Imodium, Pepto Bismol and Tums, chicken soup fixin’s (homemade) and 7-up.
    My husband had a double hernia repair in September of 05, and has two mesh patches in his groin. When he was sick, he heaved and vomited so much…and so strenuously that he also had severe pain in his surgery repaired groin from the physical strain of heaving so much and so often. He thinks the mesh has torn away and he has damaged the repair done by surgery.
    Does ConAgra REALLY think that giving the public a $2.89 refund will be all that they should do?
    RJGoode, Oklahoma City, OK
    rjgoode04@yahoo.com

  • Rita J Goode

    My son was sick for three days with severe diarrea, vomiting, fever and headaches. Then I got sick, and then my husband.
    My son missed school for three days (immediately after missing the entire week before due to the ice storm), I got behind on my housework, and my husband missed work for two days…and doesn’t get sick pay, being self employed, and all….). I spent money on Imodium, Pepto Bismol and Tums, chicken soup fixin’s (homemade) and 7-up.
    My husband had a double hernia repair in September of 05, and has two mesh patches in his groin. When he was sick, he heaved and vomited so much…and so strenuously that he also had severe pain in his surgery repaired groin from the physical strain of heaving so much and so often. He thinks the mesh has torn away and he has damaged the repair done by surgery.
    Does ConAgra REALLY think that giving the public a $2.89 refund will be all that they should do?

  • E Stone

    I have been sick since December, first with the diarhea and stomack upset,headaches,chills fever, joint pain, particularily in foot and ancle and hip, and yes I have been eating peanut butter out of a can purchased at Sam’s Club in Texarkana Texas in December when all this started (I do have the can with some peanut butter still in it) I am concerned because i heard about this outbreak and started today looking up information about it and found that there can be a lot of complications behind the salmenella, like Reiter’s syndrome, which I have symptoms of . It started with diahrea really bad and I had eaten peanut butter crackers that morning, found immodium and pepto bismo and finally got some relief in a couple of days, I never got to feeling much better though and felt like I was comi ng down with qa cold or flu and called my Doctor and he sent out antibiotic for me, i went through that round and still sick with flu like stuff and then went in to Doctor who gave me more antibiotics, took them and still didnt feel better so I went back in really sick and he gave me a shot and more antibiotics………..I am still sick I have headaches and chills and fever, I have pain in my hip at the joint and my foot and ancle that is killing me, sick of being sick and very concerned because of the Reiter’s symdrome complications that can happen I am 65 years old and on diability retirement (glacoma) and hand and shoulder and back problems, I am wondering what I should do except going in to doctor asap and will ask for stool sample of course. I ma awaiting your reply Thank you

  • mullikin

    I read what everyone says and to me nobody is doing anything to help. I have a jar of the peanutbutter ate some of it. Have gotten sick thought I might have the flu. But I wasn’t vomitting, just bad headaches, sick to my stomach, diarrea at times, tired and chills. So when I read up on this I didn’t think it was salmonella-poison. The problem is that it hasn’t gone away. Should I still go to my doctor to see if I have it? Can they tell or can they take test on the peauntbutter to see if there is anything in it? I don’t think I’ll get anyone to response but it would be nice to get some answers. Oh I can’t afford the doctor bill so who should I send it too?
    And everyone is right $2.98 will not solve the problem at least not for me.
    L. Mullikin
    rlmmistyblue@yahoo.com
    Indiana

  • DONNA CLEMONS

    I HAVE TWO JARS, A EMPTY ONE WITH A LITTLE AROUND THR RIMS AND ONE ALMOST FULL. ME MY SON AND MY DAUGHTER ALL HAVE BEEN SICKENED BUT WE THOUGHT IT WAS A BUG NO DOCTOR I STILL FEEL BAD ,SO IF I GO TO THE DOCTOR CAN THEY STILL TELL HOW LONG DOES IT STAY IN THE BODY?
    DONNA FROM MORRISTOWN IN.

  • christopher wynn

    I think I just put two and two together after noting I had peanut butter with a 2111 label purchased at Walmart in Richmond, VA. I have retained the remaining jar with aout 1/3rd remaining.
    My history of illness: Went to the doctor around December 2006 for severe, months long diarhea. I was pretty sure I had some sort of virus, perhaps from travelling even though I’d ben back for almost 3/4of a year. He suggested a stool sample, gave me a kit, went home, but never took the samples back to the lab(it’s a long story). I’ve mentioned this problem with another doctor during routine visits in January and February of 2007, but thought it was just an adverse reaction to medication that she perscribed. Yesterday, though, I checked the cupboard and sure enough, a jar with the 2111 code on top, purchased in the late fall of 06. It seems logical that the peanut butter could perhaps be the culprit for my long lasting intestinal pain and symptoms. Further, I’m concerned about long lating effects after reading about Reider’s syndrome. What are recent suggesions by the CDC for someone with the aforementioned history?
    Thank you for any support you can offer.

  • Rob

    Is their any truth to the rumor that Bismuth, or Pepto Bismol is effective in treating Salmonella?
    I was sent an email from some health-pub advertising this was a cure. Could be a scam, I suppose.
    One thing that always helps is Probiotics.
    There is an article on my linked website URL about Reuteri probiotics. Follow the Health category. These have really helped me get over stomach bugs quicker. If you’re sick to your stomach, I recommend at least three capsules a day, along with other natural yogurt products as well.
    Rob