January 24, 2009

Minnesota Reports 7th Salmonella Death

A seventh death tied to the recent U.S. salmonella outbreak was reported on Saturday in Minnesota. 

The woman, in her 80s, had been living in a long-term care facility, according to a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health, who did not disclose the woman's name, date of death or whether she had consumed peanut butter.

It was the third death in Minnesota tied to outbreak.

More than 125 products containing peanut butter have been recalled as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates the nationwide outbreak of salmonella food poisoning.

Federal officials reported on Wednesday that the sole source of the outbreak involving contaminated peanut butter seems to be the Blakely, Georgia-based processing facility of the Peanut Corp of America.

The firm makes peanut butter for use in cafeterias and nursing homes, and also produces a concentrated product used in many commercially produced food products such as cookies, cakes, crackers, ice cream and candies.  The FDA said that many of these items, and even some pet foods, have now been recalled as a result.

As of late Wednesday, 491 people in 43 states had been reported infected with salmonella, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Salmonella, which typically causes fever, abdominal cramping and diarrhea, can kill the very old and very young.


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