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Updated Again and Again – Salmonella Peanut Butter Deaths – Ohio Counts 4, Minnesota 3, Virginia 2, Idaho 1 and North Carolina 1

It is likely that bird or rat feces in the Peanut Corporation of America peanut butter started all of this.  There is the ever-expanding list of Salmonella free products.  The FDA list of products containing tainted peanut butter continues to grow as does the list of the deaths.  This morning Ohio reported four deaths (not confirmed by Department of Health which now says 1) linked to Salmonella-tainted peanut butter.  Yesterday, Minnesota reported three deaths.  Before that, Virginia, Idaho and North Carolina had reported a total of four deaths.  By my math that adds up to eight people killed by eating peanut butter – eating peanut butter for goodness sake.  However, the CDC reports only seven deaths – so far. 

Weeks ago I asked the CDC, FDA, King Nut and Peanut Corporation of America to respond to the following, however, there still has been limited, or no, response to my To Do List.

1. Make sure ALL product is promptly recalled;‚Ä®

2. Do not destroy any documents;‚Ä®

3. The companies should pay the medical bills and all related expenses of the innocent victims and their families;‚Ä®

4. The companies should pay the cost of all related Health Department, CDC and FDA investigations;‚Ä®

5. Provide all bacterial and viral testing of all recalled product and any other tested product (before and after recall);‚Ä®

6. Release all inspection reports on the plants by any Governmental Entity or Third-party Auditor;‚Ä®

7. Release all Salmonella safety precautions taken by either King Nut or Peanut Corporation of America – especially after the 2007 Salmonella Peanut Butter Outbreak;‚Ä®

8. Provide the public with the Epidemiological investigation (with names redacted), so it is clear who knew what and when about the likely source of the outbreak; and,‚Ä®

9. Show the public what is being done to prevent the next outbreak.

Where is the Corporate and Governmental responsibility to the people?

  • Gina Chiarenza

    I visited my brother’s family in NC for xmas.
    I ate a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup that afternoon. At 4am I awoke and threw up for about 12hours.
    I was so sick, I was literally on the bathroom floor crying.
    Every article I have read on the peanut related Salmonella recall never reveals the specific product name of what the sick/deceased victims ate.
    I have read that the Hershey company for Reeses has stated 1.29 that they do not buy from the processing plant Peanut Corp. of Amer. (PCA) supposedly linked to the origination of the Salmonella.
    Hershey’s Claims Reese Cups Are Safe, But FDA Says Just Postpone …Peanut butter for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is made in Hershey facilities.
    I find this hard to believe considering how sick I became after eating the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. Also as of 1.21.09 Reeses Peanut Butter Frozen Cookie dough has now been added to the list.
    As of 1.21.09 Recall
    Best Brands Corp. 1.5 oz ZT Custom Reese’s¬Æ Peanut Butter Precut Frozen Cookie Dough, 20.25 lb case, 216 cookies per case (Item #4369-01)
    2007 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae Dasher contained salmonella.

  • maressa stroup

    This is ridiculous. We live in the United States of America, and we have people passing away from peanut butter. Eight deaths reported, and about 600 illnesses. Not to mention all the unreported cases of throwing up and other stomach problems. Things like this shouldn’t happen. It just goes to show you how primative some areas of the food industry is.