Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control are trying to track down the source of nearly 300 Salmonella cases. And for the first time ever doctors say peanut butter may be to blame.
Conagra, the makers of Peter Pan and Great Value brands of peanut butter, announced a nationwide recall today as a precautionary measure. But now, some peanut butter is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella; a bacteria usually spread by other foods like uncooked chicken. It can make you sick.
Dr. Paul Pepe says, "You get terrible cramping and vomiting and then diarrhea for a couple of days. It usually passes within four or five days after that." Health experts say this would be the first time in US history of Salmonella in peanut butter.
And now, one manufacturer has issued a recall.
The maker of Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter says the recall only involves those jars with the product code beginning with the numbers 2111. The code is found on the lid however may be hidden beneath a coupon.
Conagra, the maker of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter, says the recall is just a precaution, and that its own tests have found no Salmonella anywhere in the manufacturing process.
Anyone who has peanut butter with that product code should throw the jar away but keep the lid to get a refund.
For more information, you can log on to www.conagrafoods.com or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-866-344-6970.
Due to the overwhelming public concern you may not be able to get through on the phone number listed above.
ConAgra Foods has released the recall information on their web site at: