Peanut-containing Product Recall: Public Health Threat Continues
Posted Feb 19 2009 5:12pm
There continues to be a risk of Salmonella infection due to peanuts or peanut products including meal, oil, granules, paste, and other items used to manufacture human and pet food items. The recall list now includes hundreds of items that were manufactured or include peanut products provided by Peanut Corporation of America in GA.
Over 550 people (including many children) have gotten sick from Salmonella, but many others may not realize they have been infected. If you think you may have had Salmonella, contact your healthcare provider.
Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection. Infection is usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur. Infants, elderly persons and those with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness. When severe infection occurs, Salmonella may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sides and cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
Discarding Recalled Products
Affected products may have a long shelf or freezer life, so public health officials are encouraging the public to continue their awareness of the risk. If you have re-called products or are unsure, discard it in a tied plastic bag to prevent exposure to others and then wash your hands. Do not feed recalled peanut products to pets. Some pet products, such as dog biscuits and bird food, may also be involved and should also be discarded.
Preventing Exposure in Children:
The recall does not include jarred peanut butter sold in grocery stores, but does include many packaged products that are enjoyed by children. Talk to your principal and school food service staff about steps being taken to ensure that snacks brought into the school (for parties) or served in the cafeteria are not on the recall list. Talk to your children about the recall and have them listen to the CDC' s podcast for young children at: http://www2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=10779.
The most current advice is to:
discard recalled product,
avoid eating products if unsure,
contact your healthcare provider if you think you may be infected with Salmonella