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.

  • eric heinemann

    Are Girl Scout cookies safe….just bought boxes this last order with peanut butter before the scare….thank you