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Monday, January 12, 2009

RECALL: Peanut Butter - Salmonella Outbreak Conclusively Linked to Peanut Butter - Health News Current Health News Medical News:
"As of Friday, 399 cases had been confirmed nationally, with about one in five victims hospitalized. All the illnesses began between Sept. 3 and Dec. 29, but most of the people became sick after Oct. 1.
The peanut butter contamination comes almost two years after ConAgra recalled its Peter Pan brand peanut butter, which was eventually linked to at least 625 salmonella cases in 47 states."
How silly of them to think that none of these industrial sized PB containers got into the general public ... it may have been meant for places such as nursing homes, schools, hospitals, universities, etc ... but chances are some of those tubs would have made their way into a couple of homes, but still nothing too wide spread that way.

My concern is that my kids had been getting well, going back to school and getting sick again ... then they would come home a couple days then go back and get sick yet again!

This is the first year since we moved here, except the first year, that we have let the kids buy their lunches -- and its the first time we have had the kids miss more than 4 days of school!

Now the schools make a certain number of PBJ sandwiches each day for those kids who's accts are running on empty (or for those kids who don't like what's on the regular menu - but they get charged the regular price, otherwise its free).

I didn't know that Peter Pan also had a recall a couple years ago -- we were using it then too ... obviously we didn't get any of the bad stuff or we would have all been in the hospital.

I usually associate salmonella with meat - not vegies or ligumes - so I wonder how it got contaminated.

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