The Centers for Disease Control have made an preliminary link between an outbreak of Salmonella infection and peanut butter. Studies of illness patterns by the Minnesota Department of Health suggested that King Nut peanut butter might the source of the bacteria. Strains of Salmonella Typhimurium were found in an open 5-pound container of King Nut brand creamy peanut butter in Minnesota.
In addition, clusters of infection have been found in schools and institutions in other states. King Nut was the only peanut butter used in those places. King Nut peanut butter is not sold to consumers, but is only distributed to institutional food service programs.
The King Nut Companies voluntarily recalled both King Nut and Parnell’s Pride peanut butters in an effort to prevent further infection. Read the rest of this entry »