Salmonella Source Identified

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Think twice before putting peanut butter products in your shopping cart any time soon.

"When something's suspect, who wants to get salmonella, you know?" says Carolee Sanford, who is not eating peanut butter this week.

As the salmonella outbreak that's killed six people and sickened more than 470 others sweeps the nation, Kellogg says the FDA has found a source: one package of its Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter.

The company recalled 16 of its products last week, because of possible salmonella contamination.

"I think it's pretty scary actually," says MSU Student Kelly Mazurkiewicz. "I went through my cupboards yesterday and threw everything out that had peanut butter in it."

Meijer, on Monday, joining the list of at least 85 companies that have recalled products suspected of containing salmonella. It recalled two types of its crackers and two varieties of ice cream.

"I'm a little worried," says Kathleen Kelle, who is in nursing school. "It sounds like they're pulling most of the products off the shelves."

At this point, the FDA has not determined a problem with jars of peanut butter. But health officials are urging consumers to avoid eating cookies, ice cream and other peanut butter products until they learn more, and to call a doctor if they experience symptoms of salmonella.

"Usually after contact you start to get symptoms anywhere from eight to 48 hours," says Dr. Mitra Campbell, of the Ingham Regional Medical Center. "You can get fever, diarrhea, vomiting, that whole kind of cramping that's awful."

Campbell says most people who come into contact with contaminated products will get sick, but for some, salmonella can be deadly.

"The people at the most risk are the very young, like little children, and definitely the elderly, or anyone who's kind of immune-compromised," Campbell explains. "People, like cancer patients, who have some underlying problem where their immune system just doesn't work as well as other people."

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