A peanut butter recall in the news affects a relatively small portion of the nation’s peanut butter supply, and doesn’t mean that consumers should stop buying or using other peanut butter, said Karen Blakeslee, Kansas State University Research Extension food scientist.
It does mean that consumers should check the brand and product code of peanut butter they have on hand and, if it matches the recall, discard the potentially contaminated product.
The potential contaminant, Salmonella Tennessee, can cause foodborne illness, Blakeslee said. Symptoms, which include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps, typically appear within 12 to 72 hours after ingestion. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. Those with severe diarrhea, however, may need to be hospitalized. Keep Reading here