Kent manufacturer recalls milk chocolate peanuts due to salmonella fears

The Seattle Times reports today that Crown Pacific Fine Foods of Kent, Washington is recalling their sugar free milk chocolate peanuts because the peanuts used were recalled by Peanut Corporation of America. The Peanut Corporation of American is a Georgia-based company whose peanuts products have been associated with a recent outbreak of foodborne illness.

The Food and Drug Administration has linked an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium illness to peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at a processing plant located in Blakely, Georgia. The FDA found the same strain of Salmonella Typhimurium associated with illness in an unopened container of peanut butter which indicates that the peanut butter was contaminated at the processing plant. To-date, illness has only been linked to peanut butter and peanut paste, not peanuts.

foodborne illness ecoli salmonella seattle lawyerThe milk chocolate peanuts produced in Kent were distributed by the Houghton Market in Kirkland in 5-pound bags. The brand name is Koppers, Sugar Free Milk Chocolate Peanuts. There are no known illnesses due to this product.

The PCA salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 500 people in 43 states and at least one death has been connected. The family of a 73-year-old woman who died has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Peanut Corporation of America. Salmonella is a bacterium which can make people ill with severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and high fever. In severe cases, it can cause death.

If you or a loved one has become seriously ill from a foodborne illness or a loved one has died, you should contact a personal injury attorney with experience in foodborne illness. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience in represent personal injury cases. With offices in Seattle and Bellevue, we are here to help you.

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