State Health, Agriculture and Markets Investigate Salmonella Cases Linked to Peanut Butter

Albany, New York - February 15, 2007 - The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets are alerting residents, retail food establishments and other food providers throughout New York State of a recall of Peter Pan and Great Value brands of peanut butter after confirming 32 cases of Salmonella in New York State possibly linked to these products.

The Health Department is investigating the 32 cases of Salmonella as part of the national Salmonella outbreak in 39 states associated with peanut butter.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers NOT to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter and Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee. The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected. Consumers should discard any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter with product code 2111 purchased since May 2006.

If you have consumed Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with product codes 2111 and have experienced any symptoms such as fever, diarrhea or abdominal cramps, contact your health care provider immediately.

Salmonella or salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that generally affects the intestinal tract and occasionally the bloodstream. It is one of the more common causes of gastroenteritis with several thousand cases occurring in New York State each year.

The State Health Department Wadsworth Laboratory has confirmed the 32 cases of Salmonella that matched the bacteria found in the national outbreak. There have been nine hospitalizations and no deaths in New York State. Cases have been reported from the following counties: Broome-3, Chautauqua-1 , Chemung-1, Cortland- 2, Delaware-1 , Erie - 5 , Genesee –1 , Monroe – 3 , Niagara – 2, Oneida –1, Onondaga – 3, Oswego – 1, Rockland – 1, St. Lawrence –3, Schoharie – 1, Suffolk –1, Tompkins– 2.

The State Health Department is working closely with local health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the outbreak.

Facts

  • Salmonella is spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or water or by contact with infected people or animals.
  • Any person can get Salmonella or salmonellosis, but it is recognized more often in infants and children.
  • People exposed to the Salmonella may experience mild or severe diarrhea, fever and occasionally vomiting. Bloodstream infections can be quite serious, particularly in the very young or elderly.
  • The symptoms generally appear one to three days after exposure and most people recover on their own.

Additional information about Salmonella can be found on the Department's website at www.health.ny.gov or on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. Additional information about the FDA warning can be found at www.fda.gov.