Several cases of possible samonella reported in Ala.Feb 16, 2007 | AP Alabama public health officials say seven-to-eight people may have contracted salmonella linked to contaminated peanut butter. But the agency said each case will be investigated to determine exact source of their illnesses.
Meanwhile, government scientists are trying to pinpoint the source of the first U.S. salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter.
F-D-A inspectors visited the now shut-down ConAgra Foods plant in southwest Georgia again yesterday, hoping to learn where the contamination occurred.
Because peanuts are usually heated to high, germ-killing temperatures during the manufacturing process, officials say the contamination may have been caused by dirty jars or equipment.
Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August. Federal health investigators say they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand both manufactured by ConAgra in Sylvester.
Consumers were warned yesterday to throw out jars with a product code on the lid beginning with "2111," which denotes the plant where it was made. The recall covers all peanut butter smooth and chunky alike produced by the plant from May 2006 until now.