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The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has now been in full investigation mode for the last few days concerning the peanut butter recall that has dominated the local and national news. They have identified the outbreak of Salmonella Tennessee infections that have occurred on a large multistate level and isolated the contamination site to those jars of peanut butter manufactured and distributed from the ConAgra food plant in Sylvester, Georgia. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has also been actively involved in this peanut butter salmonella outbreak and reported the responsible plant in Georgia has now been shut down pending further investigation.

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As of February 15th at 3PM EST, 290 persons with Salmonella Tennessee, the Salmonella type associated with this outbreak, have been reported to CDC from 39 states: Alaska (1), Alabama (9), Arkansas (3), Arizona (5), California (1), Colorado (10), Connecticut (2), Georgia (14), Iowa (6), Illinois (5), Indiana (13), Kansas (6), Kentucky (9), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (2), Maine (1), Michigan (5), Minnesota (5), Missouri (13), Mississippi (3), Montana (2), Nebraska (2), New Jersey (5), North Carolina (15), New Mexico (1), New York (32), Ohio (7), Oklahoma (10), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (23), South Carolina (6), South Dakota (5), Tennessee (18), Texas (13), Virginia (17), Vermont (4), Washington (4), Wisconsin (5), and West Virginia (1). Among 185 patients for whom clinical information is available, 44 (24%) were hospitalized. There have been no reports of deaths attributed to this infection. Onset dates, which are known for 171 patients, ranged from August 1, 2006 to January 30, 2007.

CDC’s OutbreakNet (the network of public health officials that investigate foodborne illnesses nationwide) has been monitoring this outbreak which has been prolonged and of low intensity beginning with a few cases in August and gradually growing. Public health officials have been working to identify the source of infection for several months.

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