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FDA Warning About
Certain Jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor is a warning not to
eat jars of Peter Pan peanut butter with the product code
"2111" because of Salmonella contamination.
The Truth: The warning is true and was
issued on February 14, 2007 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
On February 26, 2007, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said it had confirmed the presence of Salmonella in the
ConAgra peanut butter and also said that they were looking into two
deaths believed to have died as a result and that hundreds had been
The FDA says that both Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter is
affected and both have the same product code on the lid of the jar that
beings with the number "2111." They were manufactured in
the same facility in Georgia by a company called ConAgra. The FDA
says that Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers and with
different product codes are not affected. ConAgra was recalling
any affected jars and encouraged anyone with one of the jars to throw it
The FDA release said there was a risk of contamination with Salmonella
Tennessee. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal
cramps. The first person to get sick may have become ill
as early as August, 2006. The FDA warned that for people with poor
underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can cause
life-threatening infections. Anyone who ate the affected peanut
butter and had any of the described symptoms was encouraged to get
professional medical help immediately and report any Salmonella
poisoning to state or local health authorities.
Updated February 26, 2007
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