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Peanut Butter Update = Now 300 sickened

Salmonella outbreak due to peanut butter

From the Associated Press:
 
ATLANTA — A salmonella outbreak that has slowly grown to nearly 300
cases in 39 states since August has been linked to tainted peanut
butter, federal health officials said Wednesday.

It is believed to be the first salmonella outbreak associated with
peanut butter in U.S. history, said officials with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.

About 20 percent of the 288 infected people have been hospitalized,
but none has died, said Dr. Mike Lynch, a CDC epidemiologist.
About 85 percent of the infected people said they ate peanut butter,
CDC officials said.  How salmonella got into peanut butter is still under investigation,
Lynch said.

The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to eat certain
jars of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter because of the risk of
contamination.  The affected jars have a product code on the lid that begins with the
number ”2111.” ConAgra makes the affected jars in a single
facility in Sylvester, Ga., the FDA said.

I got this email last evening from a client in the Dole Spinach case whose two kids were sickened from eating E. coli – tainted spinach:

Hi Bill,
We have just a crazy coincidence I thought I would share with you. We have a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter in our fridge that both kids have been eating the past several weeks. It just so happens to have the product code beginning with the "2111" that is linked to the recent salmonella outbreaks. What are the chances?!?! The kids seem to be fine but now we are panicking. We will keep an extra close watch over them.
Have a good night.

  • melanie

    this makes me so mad. when are companies going to get their crap together and keep our food SAFE? i have been feeding this peanut butter to my 2 1/2 year old SON, and i have also been eating it. do i have to be paranoid about everything i eat, everything i put on my son’s plate? with spinach and lettuce also having been problems recently, is any food SAFE? or do i just have to go through life worrying about every bite i take?

  • Marie Gibbs

    So what do we do with the jars that we have opened? I think that we should get our money back so we can get another jar. Not just throw it away.
    What else is going to come along which will make us sick or kill us?

  • Ann

    A couple of weeks ago I thought i had the stomach virus with sevare cramps & the other systems mentioned in artice. I don’t have the jar in came for it was out.I had eating the last of it then.So i don’t know if it was a number or not. I drink a lot of juices to get over this. but I also had a old jar that i had since last year in my food stuff for emergencies, It has the expire date of 2-11-06 with the 2111 numbers. So you probly want to check no matter old your peanut butter is. I thought it was a good idea to let everyone know. It isnt’t just the new or recent jars with that number. I’m glad i hadn’t bought any more peanut butter since i was sick.

  • Jeff Bell

    Seems awful funny you cant get a live person on your 8oo number. Why do you want everyone one to throw away all jars with the affected product code? To get rid of the evidence perhaps????? I have a affected jar and im going to hang on to it. Where is my money for replacement. Your company is handleing this VERY POORLY

  • BJ

    I have a jar with the 2111 on the lid, I couldnt locate the other information the article wrote about, other than it came from a distribution center in Arizona. My brand was Great Value. No One is sick but I agree that there should be reimbursement AND if anyone gets sick, the only way to know for sure if it was the tainted peanut butter is to KEEP the jar for evaluation.

  • Cari-Ann

    I just checked the jar of Great Value peanut butter I have in my cupboard. 2111 is the beginning number on the lid!! No wonder my fiance has been sick!!! Who do I speak to regarding his illness??

  • Denni J. Wilbrett

    My wife and I also have a jar of this peanut butter. After eating it we have both been ill. Until this notice we thought we might have the flu bug going around. What are our legal options against Peter Pan’s producers? They surely must bear responsibilty for their negligence in releasing this to the public.

  • ryan gonzalez

    i ate peter pan peanutbutter 3 weeks ago and got very sick for over a week. Yesterday i ate a spoon full after feeling better and this morning i’m very sick i have fever vomiting cramps pain in stomach diareah with blood

  • Juanita Dunn

    I stock up on staples when they are on sale and I have 6 jars with 2111 code on the lids plus the opened jar which we have been eating on. Does the company remburse us when they do a recall?

  • robert L

    Meanwhile, ConAgra advised consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111.
    GEE – THANKS – THE COUPLE BUCKS FOR THE NEW JAR I JUST BOUGHT WITH THE 2111 CODE WON’T BREAK ME – BUT YOU WOULD THINK A REPUTABLE COMPANY WOULD OFFER TO REPLACE OR RE-IMBURSE… AND WE WONDER THESE DAYS ABOUT CORPORATE GREED?????????

  • Kim Driscoll

    I too have an opened jar of Peter Pan peanut butter starting with the code 2111, we made peanut butter cookies for my company!! Thankfully, nobody became ill. I did call Walmart though, and asked what I shuold do and they said that I just needed to bring the opened jar to the service desk and they will give me my money back…..

  • Cynthia Eisenbraun

    My husband and I have both been feeling ill for about a week. This morning he came upon these articals on the tainted peanut butter and I ran for the kitchen. Sure enough the celery with peanut butter snacks, Thai peanut chicken and the peanut butter sandwiches we have enjoyed this week have all come from a jar of Peater pan with the 2111… code! We have even used it to give our Beagle her pills. The Irony here is that we live near Puerto Vallarta Mexico and when I saw the Peater Pan in our local store I thought ‘What A Treat’. Not!

  • ANDREA

    I HAVE BEEN EATING THE SAME PEANUTBUTTER FOR MONTHS AND HAVE NOT BEEN ILL AT ALL. MY JAR STARTS WITH 2111 AND I’M GOING TO KEEP EATING IT. WHY DON’T THEY GIVE US THE FULL NUMBER ON THE LID. 2111 COULD HAVE MANY JARS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND NOT HAVE BEEN TAINTED.

  • Debi

    So we have a jar! My 6 and 10 year old have been eating out of this jar for a week. At school they have to sit at the “peanut” table to avoid those with allergies. Perhaps that should designate a “salmonella” table. So, now what? Both have a chest cold, Should I now run them to the Dr? Bring the jar to the Dr.? Can’t we get more info? Not just throw away the jar!!!

  • Marie

    Some people have a high interoliance for eating food that is tainted and some do not. Could this be part of this so called bacterial infection that people are getting?

  • Mary

    HI, I`m from S.C. and a whild back I bought 2 jars of Peter Pan peanut butter. I have a 6 year old grandson who loves it. My grandson got very sick and his white blood count stayed so low the doctor had to keep a good eye on it, because he was going to have surgery. After his surgery my daughter kept him home for a week and 4 days. His doctor checked his blood and it was fine. When I saw the sereial #, I checked the peanut butter and it is the same. Now I am wondering if I made my grandchild sick1

  • Mary

    HI, I`m from S.C. and a whild back I bought 2 jars of Peter Pan peanut butter. I have a 6 year old grandson who loves it. My grandson got very sick and his white blood count stayed so low the doctor had to keep a good eye on it, because he was going to have surgery. After his surgery my daughter kept him home for a week and 4 days. His doctor checked his blood and it was fine. When I saw the sereial #, I checked the peanut butter and it is the same. Now I am wondering if I made my grandchild sick1

  • Kally

    I am in CA & my 87 year old Mom in NY & both have a Peter Pan jar w/ 2111 on it. With all the flu going around..we both have been ill…but was it from the peanut butter? Does salmonella travel through your body if untreated and cause other symptoms? And what do we do w/ the relatively new jars of the stuff? Shouldn’t the company be refunding us or offering rebates to the stores we bought the jars at?
    Now what???

  • Carolyn Branham

    I have been sick for 6 days and decided to go to the doctor since I was not showing any improvement. I was prescribed meds for nausea and diarrhea. Just today I happened across this article and found that I to indeed had been consuming this peanut butter for the past two weeks. I called the doctor and he was not sure if this is what attributed to my illness but prescribed an antibotic just in case.
    The bad part is I had more this morning before I heard this news.
    When is the FDA going to start performing their job?

  • Treina Siegel

    There I was I had One Jar of Peter Pan on the counter with “2111” and another in the cabinet with “2111”. I have not experienced the affects of samonella or any other intestinal issues from the first Jar. Not gonna attempt fate with the “New Jar” However, Being told to destroy the jars without compensation, is also not gonna happen. Do I hear “Class action suit” for waiting since August to tell us? What does anyone else think?

  • Melanie

    I just got off the phone whih a ConAgra rep and you can mail your lid to : ConAgra Foods PO Box 3768 omaha, ne 68103 along with your name and address
    for a refund. This is a new address that was established today for the recall purposes.

  • Tanya Marie

    I just don’t understand why we as consumers are just learning of outbreak. There has been suspicion since the month of August. I believe this unfair

  • Tanya Marie

    I just don’t understand why we as consumers are just learning of the Peter Pan Butter outbreak. There has been suspicion since the month of August. I believe this unfair

  • Monica Blackerby

    Well, I am yet another person who has been sick for almost a week now. I also happened to see this today on the morning news, mostly, because I had to stay home from work due to my high fever. Once I heard the lid #, my husband went straight to the kitchen to confirm and sure enough, 2111. As a matter of fact, we have 2 jars of the stuff in different varities! Everyone in the house (4 of us) has been sick for almost a week with flu like symptoms, fever, stomach cramps, muscle pain, etc. I’m pretty sure the Peter Pan peanut butter is to blame since we all eat quite a bit of peanut butter. In fact, apple slices and peanut butter is my kid’s after-school snack! Now what do we do? What is the next step?

  • Tracy

    I was hospitalized last Friday evening with food poisoning (passed out at work followed by several hours of bloody diarrhea). I’m still waiting for the lab results on whether it was salmonella or E. Coli, but I did have peanut butter on toast for breakfast that morning, but it was not the brands listed, although we had recently finished up a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter a week or so before I got sick.
    What should I do?

  • Brad Ashman

    I have a jar of the peter pan peanut butter and watched the recall on my local news.I ate almost the whole jar but want to say thats why Ive been so sick lately.

  • Butch Pachall

    I have had stomach cramps and gas pains for the past three weeks. I have been to two doctors and they have run tests on me and have scheduled for more tests next week. I just heard about the peanut butter from a friend and checked when I got home. Sure enough I have the Peter Pan, with 2111 on it. I remember eating the peanut butter before the pains started. We are from Texas so this must be pretty widespread. I plan on calling my doctor tomorrow and advising her.

  • Cindy

    My husband and I have been feeling ill the last few days or so, we don’t peanut butter very much but I have some on bread when I am not feeling well, well it just so happens we have been eating peanut butter as I was not feeling well. Quess what my peanut butter also started with 2111, gee I wonder why I have been sick. It seems we can’t buy much of any thing any more with out getting sick from it. I wonder if has any of the illness in the school’s have to do with it. It’s not just the flu it is food poisoning also. YOU THINK!! I think if it is the peanut butter, we get sick from they also should be responsable for our med.payments. Not our Ins. It’s not our fault they can’t do there jobs, and we have to pay for it, does not seem right to me, how about you?

  • Lisa Johnson

    Hello…Here is another case for all of you to read. Myself and my two young sons have also been sick. It started with me and then on to them…and YES we also have a almost empty jar of Peter Pan Peanut Butter with the 2111 code on the lid. I can tell all of you this. I have never been so sick in all my life. Stomach cramps and all that goes with it..but in addition to those symptoms I also had a very, very stiff back, to the point I could hardly move. My eyes hurt so bad, I couldn’t stand to even move them, as well as joint pain and severe body aches. Fever and so on. I missed 2 weeks of work..went to my doctor who sent me straight to the emergency room for IV’s.I was extremely dehydrated. I was sent home with medications including medication for my extremely upset stomach. At this point the jar of peanut butter was about half full as it had been a very busy work week the week before and we all ate on the run..Yes..Peanut Butter.My husband never ate any of the peabut butter and he never got sick. It seems to me if it were the flu, he would have also became ill. Since I was not feeling well, I only ate Peanut Butter sandwhiches most of the next week, or peanut butter and crackers, until I got so sick I couldn’t even eat that anymore..my two boys also ate a lot of peanut butter that week because I didn’t feel like cooking much..So soon they too became very sick, and off to the doctor they went. They were both prescribed antibiotics and my youngest son had stomach cramps so severe he was doubled over in his bed. Something should be done about all of this. Whoever is responsible needs to not only be made aware of it, but should also have to compensate all of us who have suffered. My kidneys are still hurting, and we do not have insurance to pursue this. My medical bills are already over $1000.00. I can only hope someone makes this right, before many others get sick or die from this sort of thing. Thank You For Allowing Me To Vent.

  • Cliff

    While I do not eat peanut butter, my sons do. They have been complaing of stomach pains and diarreha the last few weeks. Yesterday, I heard about this and checked the peanut butter in the house. It is Peter Pan, the 50% light kind, with a product code starting with 2111 on the lid. I am not sure what to do at this point.

  • Kathy Richardson-Schell

    Our family uses Peter Pan as well. My daughter has also been very sick lately, She has missed over almost half of the school year this year. I have taken her to the doctor but they put it off as the flu. She sometimes has peanut butter toast every morning for breakfast or a bedtime snack at night. My daughter now has not been sick in 3 weeks. I recently (3 weeks ago) was at a different store that did not carry Peter Pan and so I bought Skippy. We have been using Skippy ever since and will continue to do so. We do not have insurance and their were many times that she was severly sick and should have taken her to the doctor but I didn’t. THANK GOD nothing more terrible happened to her. I now feel like I have been poisoning my own daughter…what are we allowed to feed our children without worrying!
    Are their any side-effects or long-term effects from her eating this Peanut Butter for so long?

  • John S. Phillips

    I live in Tifton Ga which is located just 30 miles from the ConAgra plant that made the now famous peanut butter! Retired from the Air Force, I still live a healthy life style which includes a high protein diet from peanut butter. On the eve of the College Football championship and after eating my nightly peanut butter on everything I had for supper, I became sick. My wife thought I was dying because she never had seen me hugging the toilet before! I was out of work for several days (although I did try to tuff it-out for a half day at work) with this sickness. I blew the thing off as just a case of stomach flu or bad luck. When I saw the recall Thursday night on TV, I jumped off the couch and grabbed the peanut butter jar that was still on the kitchen table. My wife never puts it up because I always eat it on everything. Now the funny thing about all this is that since that week I was sick, I haven’t had the taste for peanut butter and can’t remember if I’ve eat any since that week. I still have the jar. Not sure to do with it? I would like to have it tested but somewhat reluctant to just hand it over. Any suggestions?

  • Linda Foster

    2/14/07 Went out to dinner on Valentines Day with husband around eight pm. Felt great. We just left the restraunt got in the truck then it started. I had fierce stomache pains. They lasted for two hours after I was home. I stayed in bathroom forever! Nothing but pain.Finally I had diarrhea that would not stop.Straining sweating fever chills, not to mention extremely sick to stomache all night and bathroom attacks. Urine was also strong and not alot.Watter fills up in mouth. My dog threw up next day. Had slimey drool hanging from mouth.Diarrhea followed. Remembered he had ate Peaterpan Honeyroasted peanutbutter with me on toast tues am. I ate celery,apple slices and peanutbutter mon.tues.wed. for lite lunch. Thursday Eve heard news about Recall 2111 jars I knew my jar was one. I still feel like throw up could happen. Stomache sick quesy week,dont want to eat feel like might throw up all the time. Going to Dr.in morning I loved peanutbutter now I cant stand the thought of it. I know Im still sick stomache feels rough all the time.

  • Linda Foster

    2/18/07 Went out to dinner on Valentines Day with husband around eight pm. Felt great. We just left the restraunt got in the truck then it started. I had fierce stomache pains. They lasted for two hours after I was home. I stayed in bathroom forever! Nothing but pain.Finally I had diarrhea that would not stop.Straining sweating fever chills, not to mention extremely sick to stomache all night and bathroom attacks. Urine was also strong and not alot.Watter fills up in mouth. My dog threw up next day. Had slimey drool hanging from mouth.Diarrhea followed. Remembered he had ate Peaterpan Honeyroasted peanutbutter with me on toast tues am. I ate celery,apple slices and peanutbutter mon.tues.wed. for lite lunch. Thursday Eve heard news about Recall 2111 jars I knew my jar was one. I still feel like throw up could happen. Stomache sick quesy week,dont want to eat feel like might throw up all the time. Going to Dr.in morning. I cant stand the thought of bird droppings in peanutbutter it grosses me out! I loved Peanutbutter now I cant stand the thought of it. I know Im still sick stomache feels rough all the time. I want it out of me asap!! Sick of feeling like this! from Texas

  • My girlfriend and I purchased a large jar of Peter Pan at a local Wal-Mart and have consumed about half of it,we kept having cramps fever and a bad day from both ends.We thought we had some type of virus and was passing it back and fourth and was curious as to why we were the only ones sick,then we heard about the recall and it all became clear.I missed several days of work and over counter meds helped very little [had no idea we had been poisened] we plan to seek legal counsil . M Brown

  • donna

    I have a half jar of jif peanutbutter used befor the scare should i get rid of it or not cant say there was any sickness before from this date on it is 9/07/2010
    thanks donna