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Salmonella Confirmed in Kellogg’s Crackers

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The peanut butter recall madness is growing larger and larger as the investigation into the nationwide salmonella outbreak continues.

As many fellow InjuryBoard members have been blogging on the past two weeks, Peanut Corporation of America’s facility in Georgia has been confirmed to be the place where the salmonella bacteria contamination began. See our past post: Salmonella Contamination Confirmed at Peanut Corporation of America Georgia Facility for more details.

The most recent news comes from MSNBC: FDA confirmed the presence of salmonella in a single package of Kellogg Co.’s peanut butter crackers. Last week Kellogg did recall 16 of its products as a precaution. The product confirmed to have salmonella is Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter.

This nationwide salmonella outbreak has killed six people and has made 470 plus sick. It is not clear yet how many packages of Kellogg crackers have been tested.

The government is advising consumers to not eat cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods containing peanut butter until health officials learn more about the contamination. However, officials are saying that most peanut butter sold in jars at grocery stores appear to be safe.

The focus is on the peanut paste and peanut butter made at the Peanut Corporation of America’s plant in Georgia.

Kellogg is the world’s largest cereal maker. This company recalled about seven million cases of food: products include Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies, Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers.

In fact, many companies are issuing recalls. Those companies include:

  • · Abbott Nutrition [recall of ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee Bars and NutriPals Peanut butter Chocolate Bars]
  • · Meijer [recall of their two brands of crackers and two types of ice cream]
  • · Ralcorp [recall of Wal-Mart bakery brand peanut butter cookies]
  • · Ralcorp [recall of Lofthouse Peanut butter cookies, Chuck’s chunky peanut butter cookies and pastries plus gourmet cookies]
  • · South Bend Chocolate Company [recalled various candy containing peanut butter]
  • · Kroger [recall select ice cream products]
  • · Hy-Vee Inc. [recall of bakery products with peanut butter]
  • · Perry’s Ice Cream Company [recall of peanut butter ice cream products]
  • · McKee Foods Corporation [recall of Little Debbie Peanut Butter Toasty and Peanut Butter Cheese Sandwich Crackers]

All of the above companies are recalling these products because the peanut butter or peanut paste came from the Peanut Corporation of America.

For more information on these products, check out FDA’s website on Recall—Firm Press releases.

Salmonella poisoning can become a dangerous sickness. If you have eaten peanut butter, look out for these symptoms of salmonella: Diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

These symptoms can last from 12 to 72 hours after a person is infected. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the salmonella infection is “usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample.” The sickness usually lasts four to seven days. Salmonella can also spread from “the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. In some cases, treatment is necessary. Food injury is not to be taken lightly.

If you or someone close to you has salmonella poisoning, you may want to contact the attorneys at Childers & Schlueter, LLP to see how they can help protect your legal rights.