Peanut Butter Recall

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A recall announced Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has two different brands of peanut butter being pulled from shelves across the country.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has identified nine cases of salmonella outbreaks in Kentucky from September through January related to the outbreak.

That includes one case in Warren County.

"That's the first time I can remember peanut butter being associated with salmonella or any other disease. It's not a very likely thing", says Environmental Health Services Director, Barry Turner.

Turner works with the Barren River Health Department and says he was surprised to hear certain brands of peanut butter were being taken off the shelves.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers to not eat certain jars of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with a product code on the lid that begins with the number 2111.

That's because these jars are at risk of contamination with the bacterium, Salmonella Tennessee.

"Salmonella is a classic gastrointestinal illness", says Turner.

Turner says Salmonella is actually a pretty common disease. “It is found in the intestinal tracks of a lot of wild animals, even humans who have the disease", he explains.

Officials say to check your homes and pantries for this type of peanut butter. If you have it, the safest thing for you to do is throw it away.

If you did eat some of the peanut butter that's been recalled there are certain symptoms you should look for.

Turner says those symptoms include, “Headaches, diarrhea, stomach cramping, sometimes vomiting, and nausea.”

Those that have been affected however should save your peanut butter product so that if Salmonella is confirmed, the food sample can be tested by the state public health lab.

"And if people have symptoms, they really ought to talk to their family doctor", says Turner.

Public health officials say they are unsure of how Salmonella got into peanut butter and it is still under investigation.

This is the first Salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter in U.S. history.

To get a refund, consumers should send lids and their names and addresses to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103.
For more information, call (866) 344-6970.