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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Peanut butter recalled amid salmonella outbreak

(CNN) -- King Nut Companies issued a total recall of peanut butter that it distributes Saturday amid fears of a salmonella outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said has infected 399 people in 42 states.

Salmonella bacteria are transmitted to humans by eating contaminated foods.

Ohio-based King Nut acknowledged in a statement that salmonella had been found in an open 5-pound tub of King Nut peanut butter.

"We are very sorry this happened," Martin Kanan, president of King Nut Companies, said in the statement. "We are taking immediate and voluntary action because the health and safety of those who use our products is always our highest priority."

In its statement, King Nut said it distributes peanut butter "only through food service accounts. It is not sold directly to consumers."

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I know several people who have been sick with intestinal issues. Don't know if there is a link...

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