Peanut Butter Recalls & Salmonella Poisoning Lawsuits

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:42 by admin
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King Nut Peanut Butter Recall - January 2009

The King Nut Food Supply Company announced on January 10th, 2009 an immediate recall of their institutional brands King Nut and Parnell's Pride peanut butter. Minnesota State Health officials linked the country's latest outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning to tainted peanut butter.  King Nut is a large scale distributor of peanut butter and other foodservice products to hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. The company does not manufacture their brand of peanut butter.

The peanut butter in question was produced by the Peanut Corporation of America, which issued a statement expressing dismay over the discovery of salmonella bacteria in a King Nut five gallon jar of peanut butter.  However, the company instatly struck a defensive position, insisting that the chain of custody of that peanut butter jar had not been fully established, and more conclusive facts needed to be revealed.

Minnesota Health officials established in preliminary laboratory testing that the Salmonella found in a jar of King Nut peanut butter was identical to the strain responsible for the large outbreak of salmonella bacteria food poisoning in the United States since September of 2008.  This same salmonella outbreak has been responsible for hundreds of cases of salmonella poisoning and hospitalizations in 42 states.

Click here to find InjuryBoard attorney blogs regarding the peanut butter recall.

ConAgra Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter Recall - 2006

More news on the Peanut Butter Recall: ConAgra Foods Announced on April 5 that the salmonella outbreak which tainted Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter brands, among many other products which contained the peanut butter, such as ice cream and candy, was caused by a leak in the ceiling and a faulty sprinkler. Con Agra said that a hole in the roof caused by a rainstorm and the discharge of a faulty sprinkler on two occasions resulted in moisture lingering in the raw peanuts and peanut dust, activiating dorman salmonella bacteria.

Since this story broke, InjuryBoard has received several dozen inquiries from persons and family members who were seriously sickened and diagnosed with salmonella after consuming the recalled peanut butter products. If you or a family member became ill with Salmonella after consuming these recalled peanut butter brands, contact InjuryBoard to request a consultation with an attorney today.

On February 14, 2007 , the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on Peter Pan brand peanut butter (sold in most grocery stores nationwide) and Great Value peanut butter (sold primarily in Wal-Mart stores) due to potential risk and exposure to Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes food borne illness).

The outbreak started last summer but has only recently been traced to peanut butter made by ConAgra at their Georgia plant. The affected jars of peanut butter have a product label code on the jar lid that starts with the number "2111." Great Value brands manufactured at other locations is not included in the recall.

This is believed to be one of the first salmonella outbreaks involving peanut butter in US history. Officials are reporting, since August 2006 when the first consumer became ill, the outbreak has grown to 300 cases within 39 states. Approximately 20% of those infected have had to be hospitalized and all have survived.

So far, outbreaks have been reported in the following states: Alaska , Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The largest number of cases has been reported in New York , Pennsylvania, Virginia , Tennessee and Missouri .

The FDA is basing their recall on a completed epidemiological study that they received on February 13th, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health agencies. The study links 288 cases of food borne illnesses within 39 states to the consumption of varying Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter types. 

Law firms handling peanut butter claims are advising consumers to place contaminated jars of peanut butter in a cool, dry location, such as the back of their refrigerator, and label the jar with adequate warnings to prevent anyone from eating the peanut butter. If you decide to proceed with a lawsuit against ConAgra, the law firm will need the jar of peanut butter as evidence.

The cause of food borne illnesses can be hard to detect. The symptoms of food borne illness caused by Salmonella can include: abdominal cramping, fever and diarrhea. Persons that have weakened immune systems are susceptible to life-threatening infections if Salmonella invades the bloodstream.

It is very important to see a physician if you believe you were affected by contaminated peanut butter.  Unfortunately, doctors misdiagnosed most salmonella cases as the flu or a virus, etc. prior to the recall as it takes a specific salmonella test for a proper diagnosis.

If you or anyone you know has recently eaten any Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter beginning with the product code "2111" and has experienced any of these symptoms, you should immediately contact a medical doctor or health care provider. It is imperative that any such illness be reported to state and/or local health authorities.

All jars of peanut butter beginning with the product code "2111" that have already been distributed are included in the recall. ConAgra is destroying all affected products they have in their factory. The company is ceasing production until they are able to decipher the exact cause of contamination.

The FDA will be updating their information involving the Great Value and Peter Pan peanut butter recall as more becomes available.

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