New Hampshire Health Inspectors Search Stores for Recalled Peanut Butter Products
With 11 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning being reported in New Hampshire alone the New Hampshire Health Department is taking steps to ensure that no one else is sickened. Food inspectors are searching local markets to check for recalled peanut butter products.
"The State Health Department has asked local towns to visit a list of companies on the customer list for Kellogg products," Salem health inspector Brain Lockhart said.
Health officials nationwide are working to stem the tide of salmonella related illnesses in the United States. To date 501 people have become ill from eating contaminated peanut butter. Of these 22 percent were hospitalized and eight deaths are being attributed to tainted peanut butter products.
New Hampshire is not immune to the illness and has had 11 confirmed cases. The State Health Department has stepped in, asking local food inspectors to search local convenience stores and markets to ensure that all recalled products have been taken off the shelves.
Inspectors are most concerned with smaller convenience type stores. These are more likely to miss recall alerts or not act as fast to check products. Big supermarkets receive e-mail alerts and are on the watch for recall information.
The source of the contamination was found in a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). The plant services such popular brands as Keebler and Kellogg's. Many of their products have been taken off of the shelves and destroyed.
Keeping up with the recalls can be a challenge as over 200 items have been recalled. The products range from snack crackers to cereal and cakes to dog biscuits. If you have any questions about which products have been recalled click here to get the latest recall list from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.