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Update on Salmonella Outbreak and Peter Pan Peanut Butter


As of February 16, the FDA advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006 and not to eat Great Value peanut butter with a product code beginning with “2111” purchased since May 2006 because of risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee. Salmonella is a bacterium that causes foodborne illness, and “Tennessee” is a type of Salmonella. All Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006 is affected; only those jars of Great Value peanut butter purchased since May 2006 with a product code beginning with “2111” are affected. Although Great Value peanut butter with the specified product code has not been linked by CDC to the cases of Salmonella Tennessee infection, the product is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination. Great Value peanut butter made by manufacturers other than ConAgra is not affected.

Number of Cases and State Locations:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 290 people from 39 states who have gotten sick from Salmonella Tennessee, the Salmonella type associated with this outbreak. Forty six (46) patients are known to have been hospitalized and there have been no reported deaths.

The 39 states with reported illness are: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

  • Mike Westmoreland

    Hi. My 9 year old son became sick with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain several times around November or so of last year. We took him to the emergency room and to his doctor on several occasions but they were never able to diagnose the problem. The medicine they prescribed didn’t work either. He eats peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast. When he would become ill we would stop giving him the peanut butter and he would eventually get better. After awhile we just quick giving him the peanut butter and he hasn’t been sick since. We have since learned of the recall and checked the jars that we still had. Sure enough the product codes begin with 2111. We have the lids but we threw the peanut butter out. Do we have a basis for a lawsuit? We live in Alabama.

  • jeanne

    myself, my husband and my daughter all ate peter pan peanut butter recently, several times. we have 2 jars of it sitting here, one half empty, the other 3/4 empty. here is what i am worried about, because i am experiencing some of these symptoms!
    Reiter’s Syndrome:
    Reiter syndrome, which includes and is sometimes referred to as √ɬ¢√¢¬Ç¬¨√Ö”reactive arthritis,√ɬ¢√¢¬Ç¬¨√Ǭù is an uncommon, but debilitating, result of a Salmonella infection. Reiter√ɬ¢√¢¬Ç¬¨√¢¬Ñ¬¢s syndrome is a disorder that causes at least two of three seemingly unrelated symptoms: reactive arthritis, eye irritation, and urinary tract infection. The reactive arthritis associated with Reiter√ɬ¢√¢¬Ç¬¨√¢¬Ñ¬¢s develops when a person eats food that has been tainted with bacteria. Reactive arthritis is characterized by the inflammation of one or more joints, following an infection localized in another portion of the body, commonly the gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms of Reiter√ɬ¢√¢¬Ç¬¨√¢¬Ñ¬¢s Syndrome usually occur between one and three weeks after the infection.
    The three most common symptoms of Reiter’s syndrome are arthritis, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. The arthritis associated with Reiter’s syndrome typically affects the knees, ankles, and feet, causing pain and swelling. Wrists, fingers and other joints can be affected, though with less frequency. Patients with Reiter’s syndrome commonly develop inflammation where the tendon attaches to the bone, a condition called enthesopathy. Some patients with Reiter’s syndrome also develop heel spurs, bony growths in the heel that cause chronic or long-lasting foot pain. Arthritis from Reiter’s syndrome can also affect the joints of the back and cause spondylitis, inflammation of the vertebrae in the spinal column. The duration of reactive arthritis symptoms can vary greatly. Most of the literature suggests that the majority of patients recover within a year. The condition, can, however, be permanent. One study found nearly 50% of patients with post dysenteric reactive arthritis continued to have symptoms roughly one year after onset.
    and when the news came out about the peter pan peanut butter, we were trying to remember if eating it coincided with being ill. there is no way to say for sure one way or another, but i feel confident that i was sick with flu-like symptoms and lowgrade fever after the very last time i ate it.
    anyways, we have the 2 jars, and wonder how we can get them tested to see if the salmonella poisoning exists in them, and to what extreme? because i am experiencing problems both in my feet and one thumb, have been saying that i hope it isn’t arthritis, but haven’t went to get it checked.

  • Lana Shannon

    My daughter was taken to the Doctor on Feb. 5th after a night of sever diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. She had nothing left inside of her. She is 12. The doctor, without any examination, said she must have the stomach flu and gave her meds for the vomiting, etc. After I heard about this, I looked in my fridge at the peanut butter, and sure enough, I have 2 jars, crunchy, that starts with 21116… Her father, who is away through the week, had fixed them peanut butter sandwiches that day when they went to the pond fishing, only she stold his sandwich too. (so he never ate any of it)
    I have a question, if she did have the stomach flu and this wasn’t the peanut butter, how come me or my husband didn’t get it? Every time the stomach flu hit our house, we all ended up with it. How do we prove this was caused by the peanut butter? Can they test the jar we have opened?
    I’ve never sued any one for anything, but she sure did suffer that night. Severly. And if this was the cause she should at least get a ‘I’m sorry’ from someone. By the way, I’m from Alabama.
    Thanks for listening.
    Lana Shannon

  • Farrah Brown

    My husband and I live in Cairo, Egypt, and my husband has been violently ill for the past two days, unable to work or even spend much time out of the bed. I learned of the recall yesterday through the CDC website, and I checked the peanut butter that we recently bought from a grocery chain that sells mainly ‘western’ foods here in Cairo. We have a jar with the ‘2111’ code on the lid and think that it’s the peanut butter making him ill. It’s amazing to think that we’re in Egypt, where lots of people get food-bourne illnesses, but he gets sick from an imported American food!

  • Kay

    I have a jar with the coding on the lid – Peter Pan variety. Peanut Butter is something I eat occasionally. I was ill with fever severe diahrrea and mild vomiting. thought it was a flu or virus and recovered quickly. Did not seek medical care and did not get tested or treated at a hospital.
    Do I need to have the jar tested for contamination? What does it matter if I did not seek treatment and have no proof of illness occurring. Don’t know if there is Reiter syndrome, but I recently began with a problem in hip, base of thumbs. Just thought it was joint ache due to age. Am relatively healthy and 60. I don’t know if this should be pursued.Or if this is worth looking into at all.
    I have the jar in plastic bag in cool place.
    Not eating peanut butter anymore, but it is very upsetting and scary.

  • michael thomas

    i have been in the throes of salmonella contamination since the last week of febuary
    was hospitalized several times , they stabilized me with pain meds. re-hydrated me twice, and went about their routine of referring me out to specialists, this was not possible in my case because i have been way too sick to even leave the house at all.
    three weeks after the dry heaves and bloody mucous diahrrea,folloed by severe stomache and intestine pain, then my right eye hemmhorages and reiters syndrome set in . this is such a horror story, con – agra does not have enough money to rectify any one of my symptoms, i could go on and on about this all day, i’ll leave the rest to my lawyer

  • D Fitch

    I became ill after eating Peter Pan Peanut Butter in April of 2006. I believe the Peter Pan Peanut Butter was contaminated then. I Purchased a 6lb canister of the Peter Pan Peanut Butter with the code 2111.I very seldom eat Peanut Butter, but the times I did it made me very ill, and my husband has had diarrhea for a long time, do to eating almost the whole canister.He has mental problems and eats it all the time like a kid.Since stopping the peanut butter, his diarrhea, and stomoch cramps and felling ill has improved! I believe the the manufacturing plant for Peter Pan Peanut Butter(ConAgra)has been contaminated and not up to standard for operation for a long time and the Peter Pan Peanut Butter ConAgra produced was contaminated much earlier than May 2006.It was probably producing contaminated Peanut Butter for several years before that. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS!! I CERTAINLY GOT EXTREMELY SICK AND SPENT 4 DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THE PETER PAN PEANUT BUTTER IN THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2006. AND MY HUSBAND WAS SICK ALL THE TIME ON AND OFF FOR A LONG TIME DUE TO THE PEANUT BUTTER AS WAS MY FATHER.PLEASE LET ME HERE FROM YOU ON THIS!! THANK YOU , D. FITCH azledale@aol.com

  • carla jean page

    michael,i ate some of the supposed contaminated peanut butter and i never got sick,i ate several spoonsful of it too and still did not get sick!!!!

  • anonymous

    People, if you have been exposed to this problem and have documented visits to the doctor and have proof that you have the peanut butter, you have enough evidence for a lawsuit. There are lawyers out there working on this right now. Go!

  • Mary Denise Grimes

    I ate peter pan peanut butter with that same number on the container, I got deathly sick and was sent to the hospital and admitted. I then hired Parker Waichman law firm and I still have not heard about my lawsuit against these people. I also received a letter from the attorneys office saying that the Con Agra folks knew that there was a hole in the metal ceiling of the plant. They knew that when it rained in it would hit the peanut butter plants. They have known this for 13 years that why was it not fixed when they knew about it, it would have helped people from dying and being sick such as myself. I even had a 12 year old son and I am sure glad he did not even eat the peanut butter. My lawsuit is about two years old, I am tired of waiting to hear from Con Agra. I think that more people need to know how bad the situation in their plant really is. Thanks

  • sean thomas mcguire

    ik want you mother fuckers at these food plants who bottle and process this food for american and people in general all over the world to undertsnad that we need to as people do a better fucking job at fucking checking our god damn food for BUGS AND INSECTS WHO WILL SUCK OUR GOD DAMN BLOOD…FROM US..period..tapewom and ecoli are both equally as gross and disgustingly odd..things a human cannot and will not be needing EVER.so if you care for your own life and your families well being as well THINK BEFORE WE ACT..AND THAT MEANS WITH FOOD TOO GUYS AND GAS..if my daughter got sick because of some guy at a plant inspecting the peter pan peanut butter didint do his job thoroughly enough and thus failed to see the many worms”…in the butter which shouldnt be there in the first place from a god damn peanut!!!!!!!! which shows you that some human HUMAN FUCKER made this mistake not a BUG…its not the bugs fault that he lives where food is..its the intelligent human being or “dumbass” one in this case who didint do the task correctly..so be safe food people.please.thank you if you listen fuck you very much if not.have a great day!>

  • Michael Thomas Ayers

    posted 3-22-10 I was deadly sickened starting in Aug 2006, thought I was dying had severe fever, chills, vomiting,bad stomach cramping,spine cramping and dehydrated for about 10 days or more, also had bloody diarrhea till June of 2007,this is when I decided to hire a lawyer, my arthritis pains and reacuring blurred vision started with in couple months of initial illness,was never diagnosed with salmonella, when started going to Dr.in Feb.2007 he checked one stool culture and gave me Cipro strong anti-biotic, but months later diagnosed me helicobacter pylori infection Dr. said it comes when food borne bacteria’s hits your peptic acid in stomach. Now I suffer from vision problems,intestinal problems, Dr. statement says reiters
    arthritis problems and benign tremors which needs meds. forever as of 3-19-10 I have dismissed my attorney and am looking for new one.
    I had became disabled at age 43
    do to all of this mess Conagra