Health officials suspect salmonella case linked to peanut butterFeb 26, 2007 | AP
North Dakota has its first suspected case of salmonella linked to recalled peanut butter, a state health official says.
The infected person was a child under 10 years old, said Kirby Kruger, a state Health Department disease specialist. He did not identify the person by name, gender or exact location.
The child was not hospitalized and is recovering, Kruger said. Health officials were told the child had eaten Peter Pan brand peanut butter before becoming ill.
ConAgra Foods has recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at its Sylvester, Ga., plant. Health officials have linked the products to a salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 329 people in the 41 states since August.
"We are not surprised to see we have a case of salmonella potentially linked to peanut butter," Kruger said. "The good news is that the child is recovering."
Consumers should not eat Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006 or jars of Great Value peanut butter that have a product code beginning with 2111 and that were bought since May 2006, state health officials said.
Investigators have not yet determined how the peanut butter became contaminated.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, cramps, nausea, and gas, usually 18 to 36 hours after exposure.