Peanut Butter Food Poisoning Warning
Recalled Jars of Peter Pan, Great Value Peanut Butter May Carry Salmonella
Feb. 15, 2007 -- The FDA is warning people not to eat certain jars of Peter
Pan or Great Value peanut butter.
The peanut butter may be contaminated with salmonella, bacteria that cause
Suspect jars bear a number on the lid beginning with the digits
"2111." Any peanut butter carrying that number -- and bought since May
2006 -- should be discarded immediately.
All the peanut butter included in the warning was made at a ConAgra plant in
Since some Great Value brand peanut butter is not made by ConAgra, those
jars are not affected by the warning.
Symptoms of salmonella food poisoning include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal
Salmonella can cause life-threatening infections in people in poor health or
with weakened immune systems.
Call a doctor right away if you get any of the above symptoms after eating
Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter with the 2111 product code.
Doctors should report any illnesses to state or local health
The FDA warning is based on a CDC study linking 288 cases of food poisoning
in 39 states to different types of Peter Pan peanut butter. The FDA says it
learned of the study Feb. 13.
This salmonella outbreak is considered to be ongoing.
ConAgra will stop making food products at its Sylvester plant until FDA
investigators determine the exact cause of the contamination.
"Although none of our extensive product tests have indicated the
presence of salmonella, we are taking this precautionary measure because
consumer health and safety is our top priority," ConAgra spokesman Chris
Kircher says, in a news release.
"We are working closely with the FDA to better understand its concerns,
and we will take whatever additional measures are needed to ensure the safety,
quality, and wholesomeness of our products," Kircher notes.
The FDA will issue updates as more information becomes available.
Consumers who have questions should contact ConAgra's toll-free hotline at