Health-Points: Friday 3.6.09

  • More gross news from the infamous peanut plant responsible for the deadly salmonella outbreak stemming from contaminated peanut butter, investigators claim dead mice and rodent droppings were found throughout a Texas plant run by the company; from Reuters.

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Salmonella Peanut Butter, Lots of Kids Sick

Last week, it was reported that people in 43 states were sickened by peanut butter tainted with salmonella and at least six had died. And now, according to officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the 500 people who fell ill, 280 of them are under the age of 18 and the number of deaths has risen to eight, but none of the fatalities were children. And the source of the bad peanut butter has been traced to a single plant in Georgia. It is now closed; Reuters investigates.

But the worst appears to be over. The CDC claims the outbreak is waning, citing a decline in the number of new cases reported over the last two weeks. Schools, long-term care facilities and hospitals using the contaminated peanut supplied by King Nut, were among the hardest hit; more from Reuters.

Now here’s the creepy part. Last year, inspectors found mildew on the ceiling and other problems at the Blakely facility. But the issues were considered minor and supposedly cleaned up; via CNN.

And this spring, salmonella also struck Honduran cantaloupes. And no, not my pet turtle too!

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Peanut Butter, All Sorts of Recalled!

It’s been in the news for a couple weeks now. But in case you haven’t heard. There’s a big peanut butter-salmonella outbreak going on. Kellogg’s recalled many products, like snack crackers, using peanut butter after people in 43 states fell ill and at least six have died; the Associated Press reports.

Actually, this isn’t the first peanut butter-salmonella recall. Back in 2007, Peter Pan and Wal-Mart brand peanut butter sickened over 300 people in 41 states. That’s why I buy natural peanut butter. I’d rather stir my peanut butter, than puke it up!

Oh, and this summer tomatoes got a bad rap for salmonella too. But it turned out to be some ornery jalapeño peppers instead. Muy mal.

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