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FOR RELEASE: February 15, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Consumers Warned Not to Eat Some Brands of Peanut Butter Due to Contamination

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is joining other state and federal agencies in warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter, due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee, a bacterium that causes foodborne illness.

The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number “2111.” Consumers should discard any Peter Pan or Great Value jars with this product code if the peanut butter was purchased since May 2006.

“Peanut butter is a food staple for many Oklahomans, so we want to make certain consumers are aware of this warning,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Crutcher.
This warning follows an ongoing study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments that so far has linked 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of this code of peanut butter. The outbreak began in August 2006. In Oklahoma, 11 cases matching the outbreak strain have been identified. None were hospitalized due to their illness.

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons in poor health or with weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

Individuals who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with a product code of “2111” and who have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Both the affected Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected. ConAgra has recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with the product code “2111” and state and local county health department investigators will assist the Food and Drug Administration in spot checking grocery retailers and other venues to see if the recall has been effective.

Consumers who have questions about this recall should contact ConAgra at 866-344-6970.

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