Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Peanut Product Recalls Spreading

MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - The scope of the salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter and peanut paste continues to widen affecting popular products such as cookies, cakes, ice cream, crackers, and now some pet foods.

PetSmart announced today the voluntary recall of Grreat Choice dog biscuits because they, too, may contain the tainted ingredient. All though there have been no reports of troubled pets, buyer beware.
Read PetSmart's press release »

The FDA's recent announcement of a salmonella investigation involving peanut butter products distributed through the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has caused quite a stir.

As the list of products lengthens, the Food and Drug Administration is continualy updating its online list of tainted peanut products.

The number of people sickened by the salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products has increased to 485 in the U.S., with 19 cases reported in New Jersey. Infection from the outbreak may have contributed to as many as six deaths.

Salmonella bacteria can cause an infection that often produces diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. While most people recover without medical treatment(but plenty of fluids!), infants, elderly people and those with compromised immune systems can develop severe illness that can result in death if not promptly treated with antibiotics.

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