Peanut Butter Health Advisory Expands Again

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2007
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON - The Vermont Department of Health is updating the health advisory regarding salmonella contamination of all Peter Pan peanut butter products and certain Great Value peanut butter, to include peanut butter toppings used in shakes and ice cream products.

Product testing by several states has confirmed that ALL Peter Pan peanut butter products - and jars of Great Value peanut butter beginning with the product code "2111"- are the source of the salmonella outbreak.

The bulk peanut butter was used to make the following toppings:

The topping was used in the following Sonic products:

Carvel Peanut Butter Topping in 6 lb. 10 oz. cans. Carvel used the topping until Feb. 16, 2007, when the product was recalled.

The topping was used in the following Carvel ice cream products:

J. Hungerford Smith Peanut Butter Dessert Topping in 6 lb. 10 oz. cans: This topping may be used by retail and restaurant outlets throughout the United States but is not available for direct purchase by the public. There are no Sonic stores in Vermont, and one Carvel store in the Village Square in Stratton Mountain, Vt.

Symptoms of illness caused by eating food contaminated with salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections for people with weakened immune systems or other underlying health conditions.

Vermonters who think they may be ill from eating the suspected peanut butter should contact their doctor immediately, and notify the Health Department. If you are not ill but purchased the peanut butter products at some time, you can dispose of them normally.

Illness should be reported to the Health Department at 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374 (Vermont only).

The Health Department will only test Peter Pan and Great Value jars of peanut butter from persons who have been confirmed to have salmonella, and only if the strain of salmonella matches that of the outbreak strain (Salmonella Tennessee).

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