The Illinois Department of Public Health is working with the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration in the investigation of this outbreak, which has
sickened 30 people in 19 states, including one case in central
In this outbreak, there have been reports of people
ranging in age from 1 year to 77 years first becoming ill from June
11 to Sept. 11. Approximately 63 percent of the people who have
become sick are children under the age of 10. Four people have been
hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Most people infected with salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea,
fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The
illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover
However, for some people, diarrhea may be so severe that the
person needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella diarrhea can
occasionally lead to other serious infections and may require
antibiotic treatment. Older adults or the elderly, infants, and
people with impaired immune systems are at greater risk of severe
illness from salmonella infection.
"It is important to check your shelves at home and make sure to
get rid of any of the recalled peanut butter or other products,"
said Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck.
"If you have eaten one of these products and are feeling ill,
contact your doctor or local health care provider."
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The recalled Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was distributed
to Trader Joe's stores nationwide and has been pulled from the
shelves. The product comes in a 16-ounce plastic jar with an
expiration date of stamped below the lid. All code dates are
included in this recall -- up to and including 26JUL13 (July 26,
2013). Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe's Customer
Relations at 626-599-3817, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pacific time. For more information, see
Sunland Inc. recalled various varieties of nut and peanut butter
products. A list of recalled products, including UPC codes and
best-if-used-by dates, is available at
pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf. Consumers can contact the company at
1-866-837-1018, available 24 hours a day, for information on the
The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that people
with any of the recalled products do not eat them; throw away any
remaining jars or return them to the place of purchase.
Department of Public Health file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]