It seems peanut butter and products made with peanut butter from a certain plant are reportedly to blame for a salmonella outbreak that according to the FDA has sickened 30 people in 19 states.
Yeah, 30 people in 19 states...so far.
The FDA is providing a list of recalled products. A version of Trader Joe's peanut butter is on the list and there are reports that some folks got sick eating one of their brands. Check the list to see if you have one of the brands affected. It's important to note that not everything on the list comes from Trader Joe's and not all of it is strictly peanut butter.
Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Not everyone gets sick and it's actually quite common to be exposed to salmonella but not have any symptoms. It's also common to get sick and never seek help from a doctor. If this many people have been identified, there's a good chance that more have suffered in silence and went on without reporting their illness.
It isn't the first time peanut butter and salmonella have been linked (2007, 2009, 2011: By that pattern we shouldn't be due until next year). The most insidious part about peanut butter as the carrier for a food borne illness is that kids love peanut butter. The median age for patients in this outbreak is 7.
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