Peanut butter recall expanded

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by Becky Mortensen

MILWAUKEE---A total of 35 people have been infected with an outbreak of Salmonella in 19 different states.

Eight of the people who fell ill have been hospitalized. At this time no deaths have been reported.

Testing conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture laboratory isolated the outbreak to an opened jar of Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter taken from a patient's home.

The Trader Joe's peanut butter manufactured by Sunland Inc. of Portales, New Mexico is a likely source of this outbreak.

21 of 28 sick people that were interviewed reported shopping at Trader Joe's and eating their peanut butter.

Five new cases have been reported from three states since September 25, 2012 including three cases in California, one in Missouri and one in Texas.

On Thursday, Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include all products made in the Sunland nut butter production facility between March 1, 2010 and September 24 of this year.

There have been a number of products related to the expanded Sunland Inc. recall. Products that include peanut butter and any other nuts and seeds have been recalled.

Avoiding the peanut butter is especially important for children under the age of 5 years, older adults, and people with weak immune systems.

63 percent of the people who have fallen ill are children under the age of 10.

The sick people range in age from less than one year to 79-years-old.

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