Salmonella Spurs Peanut Butter Recall
King Nut Peanut Butter and Parnell's Pride Peanut Butter Are Recalled After Salmonella Test
Jan. 12, 2009 -- King Nut peanut butter and Parnell's Pride peanut butter
are being recalled because of a salmonella risk.
King Nut Companies, a peanut butter distributor based in Solon, Ohio, issued
the recall after Minnesota health officials found salmonella in an open 5-pound
tub of King Nut creamy peanut butter.
Minnesota health officials tested the tub of peanut butter after their
investigation flagged it as "a likely source" of the salmonella
infection that has stricken at least 30 Minnesotans.
Those Minnesotans have
Salmonella typhimurium; they're among at least 410 people in 43 states
who have recently come down with that strain of salmonella.
The CDC's preliminary
investigation of the outbreak flagged peanut butter as "a likely
source" of the Salmonella typhimurium, but common brands sold
in stores don't seem to be the source. The CDC notes that King Nut peanut
butter has been used in some of the schools and hospitals in several states
where the outbreak has occurred. But the CDC and FDA are still
investigating the outbreak's source.
King Nut's peanut butters
aren't sold in stores. They're used in institutions such as hospitals, schools,
restaurants, and nursing homes.
Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea (which may be bloody),
fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Most cases
aren't severe, but serious and potentially fatal cases are more likely in young
children, frail or elderly people, and people with weak immune systems. Anyone
with symptoms of salmonella infection should see a doctor.
King Nut Companies is asking its clients to immediately stop distributing
all King Nut and Parnell's Pride peanut butter with lot codes beginning with
"8." King Nut stresses that it doesn't make peanut butter but buys it
from the Peanut Corporation of America.
(For more on salmonella, see WebMD's Salmonella