Peanut butter may be cause of 23 Va. cases of salmonella
The cases, possibly linked to tainted peanut butter, include two new ones in Eastern VirginiaFeb 22, 2007 | www.dailypress.com The Virginia Department of Health acknowledged that the state has seen 23 cases of salmonella that may be traced to tainted peanut butter.
Department spokesman Larry Hill said Wednesday those figures include five cases of salmonella in Eastern Virginia, two of which have been reported in the past week.
Hill said there are 329 cases of salmonella in 41 states that are possibly linked to a tainted batch of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter. The affected jars of peanut butter were pulled off of store shelves nationwide last week.
In Virginia, Hill said, there have been 23 cases of salmonella potentially linked to peanut butter. That number also includes nine in Southwest Virginia, seven in Central Virginia, and one each in Northwest and Northern Virginia.