Caution urged in ongoing Salmonella outbreak

By on January 25, 2009

In view of ongoing Salmonella outbreak, the Kane County Health Department is recommending that people avoid eating products that have been recalled and discard them.

Because identification of products subject to recall is continuing, the Health Department urges consumers to postpone eating products containing peanut butter until further information becomes available about which products may be affected. Efforts to specifically identify those products are ongoing. So far, 474 persons from 43 states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. There are five cases suspected in Illinois—none of them Kane County residents.

Companies involved in the recall are Peanut Corporation of America, Hy-Vee Inc., Kellogg Company and King Nut Companies. At this time, there is no indication that any national name brand jars of peanut butter sold in retail stores are linked to the PCA recall. The Health Department is encouraging residents to follow these guidelines:
• Do not eat products that have been recalled and throw them away in a manner that prevents others from eating them.
• Postpone eating other peanut butter containing products (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream) until information becomes available about whether that product may be affected.
• Persons who think they may have become ill from eating peanut butter are advised to consult their health care providers.

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