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The Centers for Disease Control Investigate Salmonella Outbreak Nationwide

January 19, 2009

As a result of the ongoing investigation of a Salmonella outbreak nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that the King Nut brand of peanut butter (only sold in large quantities to institutions and not for individual sale) has been recalled. This is not a brand currently in use by Alliance Community Hospital. The parent company that makes this brand has stated they distribute peanut paste to many different companies throughout the US for use in cookies, cakes, ice creams and candies. Therefore, the CDC is urging consumers to postpone eating other peanut butter containing products until information becomes available about whether that particular product may be affected. Testing of peanut butter containing products continues and the list of recalled products continues to grow. More information about the status of the investigation can be found at

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/ For the latest information about recalled products, go to http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html

Salmonella is a bacteria that may cause acute gastrointestinal illness characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,fever and headache. Primary transmission occurs through ingestion of contaminated foods. Proper food handling and storage and hand hygiene helps prevent infection. The average length of time from ingestion to onset of illness is 12-36 hours.Many times illness is mild and does not require treatment but certain groups of people who become infected may experience more severe illness.

 

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