A salmonella outbreak affecting certain products with peanuts has resulted
in the recall of over 800 food products, says USA Today. More recalls
are expected in what some people are calling the world’s largest
food recall ever.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the illnesses caused by Salmonella Typhimurium came from peanut paste and peanut butter products made at a Peanut Corp of America processing plant in Georgia. Food and Drug Administration inspectors who had visited the peanut plant found cockroaches and mold at the plant. Employees also reportedly have been using one sink to clean mops and utensils and wash their hands. On Friday, the Department of Justice joined a probe to determine whether criminal charges need to be filed.
So far, at least 529 reports of illnesses and at least 8 deaths are being linked to tainted peanut products. There are likely dozens of other sick people who have been affected by the same salmonella virus but have not reported that they got sick.
On January 26, 2009, the family of Shirley Mae Almer sued PCA and distributor King Nut Companies for wrongful death. Almer died in December 2008 while staying at a nursing home. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, Almer died because she ate peanut butter that was contaminated withSalmonella Typhimurium while at the nursing home. More peanut butter lawsuits related to the contaminated PCA products are expected.
According to the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, PCA supplies less than 1% of all peanut products that are sold in the US. However, the peanut making company has over 300 customers. PCA peanut products can be found in crackers, ice cream, cookies, cereals, and other food products. A complete list of food products affected by the contaminated peanut products recall can be found below. Keebler cookies, certain special K products, and Walgreens candy are just some of the food products that have been recalled.
Salmonella Food Poisoning
Salmonella food poisoning is a form of bacterial food poisoning that can cause the lining of the stomach and intestines to swell. Salmonella food poisoning can be very dangerous for babies, people with weakened immune systems, and older people. If the infection spreads from the intestines to the blood steam, as well as other parts of the body, a person infected by the salmonella virus could become seriously ill or die.
Stores Call Customers About Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Products, US News & World Report, February 3, 2009
Peanut Butter Recall Scares Residents, Fox News 5, February 3, 2009
Family sues over salmonella-related death, Forbes.com, January 27, 2009
Salmonella Food Poisoning, US News and World Report, February 3, 2009
Related Web Resources:
Peanut Butter and other Peanut Containing Products Recall List, Food and Drug Administration
Read the FDA’s Report Following an Inspection of the PCA Plant in Georgia (PDF)
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