For Immediate Release: February 15, 2007
Contact: Communication Office
BURLINGTON - Vermont has received reports of five persons with Salmonella that may be part of a multi-state outbreak traced to certain jars of contaminated peanut butter.
The most recent of these five cases was reported to health officials in Vermont in January. All other reports were received before December 15, 2006.
The multi-state outbreak has only recently been traced to peanut butter. The first person to become ill from this outbreak nationally may have occurred as early as August 2006. The outbreak appears to be ongoing.
Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections for people with weakened immune systems or other underlying health conditions.
"Vermonters who have certain jars of Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home should discard it," said Cort Lohff, MD, state epidemiologist for the Vermont Department of Health. "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."
Vermonters who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any symptoms of Salmonella should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately, and should notify the Health Department at 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374 if calling within Vermont.
Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. ConAgra is recalling and destroying all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 that already was distributed, according to the FDA.
For more information on the current outbreak of foodborne illness related to peanut butter, visit the CDC website home page and click the "Salmonella" link: http://www.cdc.gov/