So far Florida is lucky and has dodged the bullet of the latest salmonella outbreak. A reportstates that 42 states have been struck and the King Nut Company of Ohio believes it may be responsible.
The company has issued a nationwide food recall of the peanut butter it distributes throughout the country, including to Florida. So far 399 people have been affected and they range in age from toddlers to the elderly.
King Nut distributes to food service companies and not directly to consumers. That means that any school or nursing home should check to see if King Nut distributes the type of peanut butter they serve. It could also carry the name Parnell’s Pride. It was made by Peanut Corporation of America, located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It processes the peanut butter in plants in Virginia, Georgia, and Texas.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms can last up to a week and for the immune compromised, can lead to hospitalization. Treatment can include antibiotics, though some strains are resistant to antibiotics. One death is reported in Minnesota.
Salmonella is often traced to contaminated eggs, meat, poultry, vegetables, and peanuts – anything that can be contaminated with bacteria in dirt. The type of salmonella causing the food recall is called Typhirurium. It was salmonella Tennessee that caused the ConAgra’s recall of salmonella tainted Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter in 2006-2007, which was eventually found in a plant in Georgia.
King Nut says salmonella has been found in five pound tubs of peanut butter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking out other possible sources of the nationwide contamination. We certainly hope that Florida continues to dodge the bullet, but if you feel you need more information on a possible contamination, please don’t hesitate to contact our Florida food recall attorneys or our Georgia offices at 1-800-533-3555 for more information on protecting your rights.