Santa Barbara Cty salmonella cases may be peanut butter relatedFeb 21, 2007 | www.lompocrecord.com
Two county salmonella cases may be related to contaminated peanut butter recalled nationwide. The Santa Barbara County Health Department reported the salmonella cases and noted some jars of the two recalled brands were found in Lompoc and on Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Health Department spokeswoman Michelle Mickiewicz said there were no details about the two county salmonella cases.
Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Wal-Mart's Great Value Peanut Butter were linked by federal officials to nearly 300 cases of salmonella reported in 39 states. The contaminated brands were produced in a single plant in Georgia.
"All the peanut butter has been removed from the shelves," Wal-Mart assistant manager Nick Branda said, noting the Lompoc store carries both brands. Peanut butter with a lot number prefix of 2111 was likely infected, he said.
"The FDA is still investigating it, so it's a voluntary recall for now at Wal-Mart," he said.
Salmonella bacteria causes the illness of about 40,000 Americans per year, and the death of about 600. Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, dehydration and vomiting.