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Salmonella Peanut Butter, Lots of Kids Sick

Posted Jan 28 2009 3:52pm

Last week, it was reported that people in 43 states were sickened by peanut butter tainted with salmonella and at least six had died. And now, according to officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the 500 people who fell ill, 280 of them are under the age of 18 and the number of deaths has risen to eight, but none of the fatalities were children. And the source of the bad peanut butter has been traced to a single plant in Georgia. It is now closed; Reuters investigates.

But the worst appears to be over. The CDC claims the outbreak is waning, citing a decline in the number of new cases reported over the last two weeks. Schools, long-term care facilities and hospitals using the contaminated peanut supplied by King Nut, were among the hardest hit; more from Reuters.

Now here’s the creepy part. Last year, inspectors found mildew on the ceiling and other problems at the Blakely facility. But the issues were considered minor and supposedly cleaned up; via CNN.

And this spring, salmonella also struck Honduran cantaloupes. And no, not my pet turtle too!

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