Five Illinois cases of salmonella possibly related to
peanut butter contamination
All five cases match the national outbreak pattern
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-- Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, warns
consumers not to eat Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter with
product code beginning with numbers "2111" purchased since May 2006.
This warning comes after a multi-state outbreak of S. ser.
Tennessee, a specific strain of Salmonella that may be associated
with the consumption of certain brands of peanut butter.
Five people in Illinois have tested positive for a form of
Salmonella called Salmonella Tennessee (S. ser. Tennessee), that
matches the national outbreak pattern associated with a peanut
The onset of illness ranges from December 5 to
January 27. The residents, who range in age from one to 27 years,
live in areas of Northeastern, Northwestern, and Southeastern
"Salmonella are a family of bacteria that can cause diarrhea,
fever and stomach pain. Salmonella infections usually last 5 to 7
days. This strain of Salmonella also causes urinary tract
infections. Anyone experiencing these symptoms after eating the
implicated peanut butter is urged to contact their health care
provider and local health department," said Dr. Whitaker.
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To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked almost
300 cases of Salmonella in 39 states to the consumption of Peter Pan
brand peanut butter. As a precaution, ConAgra manufacturing facility
in Georgia is recalling all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter
beginning with code 2111 on the lid of the jar. No deaths have been
linked to the outbreak.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local
health departments and hospitals about this outbreak. Health care
providers with suspect cases may submit stool specimens to the IDPH
laboratory for testing after consulting with their local health
(Text copied from
Department of Public Health news release received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information)