Kelloggs Recall Update – Deaths Reported

Kelloggs recalls more products as reports surface of possible linked salmonella —  Kelloggs recalled 16 of its company’s products due to salmonella risks linked to its peanut butter and other products that have peanut butter in them. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), so far six people have died and hundreds more in 43 states have fallen ill. Included in the recall are Austin and Keebler brand peanut butter sandwich crackers, snack-sized packages of Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies, and Keebler Soft Batch Home-style Peanut Butter Cookies.

Although the focus of the outbreak is on peanut butter and products containing peanut butter, according to health officials, one third of people who got sick do not recall eating peanut butter. Donna Rosenbaum, head of the consumer group STOP, which stands for Safe Tables Our Priority, is quoted in the AP report as stating, “It could be a very broad range of peanut-based products here. We don’t know exactly what comes out of this plant. They really don’t have their arms around all of that.”

At this point the FDA reportedly doesn’t even know what products consumers should avoid. The bacteria typhimurium is the strain behind the outbreak. Those at a higher risk for salmonella poisoning are elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Salmonella is the number one cause of food poisoning in the country.

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