An article in The Seattle Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to avoid foods that contain peanut butter including cookies, crackers, snack cakes and ice cream. This warning comes after one strain of salmonella bacteria is suspect in making at least 500 people sick across the United States, three of them in King County, Washington.
The spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Health, Donn Moyer, says of those made sick in our state, none have had to be hospitalized.
For now, the FDA is saying that the cause of the salmonella traces back to a production facility in Blakely, Georgia and the Peanut Corporation of America. While the salmonella does not appear to be in jars of peanut butter sold through grocery stores, it has been traced to peanut paste and peanut butter which is used in an ingredients in other products including Perry’s Ice Cream products, Little Debbie sandwich crackers, Keebler cookies and crackers, and other products made by Kellogg. To see the complete list of recalled products, click here: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph/products.html If you have any of these products in your house, the FDA urges you to throw them away.
In our previous blog posting, we discussed that the Salmonella Bacterium, of type Typhimurium has been conclusively linked to the King Nut brand of peanut butter through genetic testing. Since then, the FDA has widened the brands and types of foods they are scrutinizing as the contamination seems more widespread.
For more information about the recall,you may want to read the FDA web-site http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html
Salmonella is a bacterium which can cause severe stomach cramping, diarrhea, high fever and illness in people. In the very young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems, the infection can even cause severe illness and even death if not treated correctly and promptly with antibiotics.
This information is provided by The Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury firm in Seattle and Bellevue and we have successful recovered compensation for clients who have become seriously ill due to foodborne illness. The effects of foodborne illness can be seriously debilitating and have impact that compromises a person’s health for a life time. We help our client recover compensation for medical costs and for pain and suffering.
Contact The Farber Law Group if you or a loved one has become seriously ill due to a foodborne contaminant.