Posted On: January 21, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Salmonella in Recalled Peanut Butter From Ohio's King Nut

Ohio distributor recalls two brands of peanut butter

An Ohio distributor, King Nut Companies, has recalled two brands of its peanut butter after an open container tested positive for salmonella bacteria.

According to the article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, federal health officials said the company's peanut butter had not been conclusively linked to a national salmonella outbreak. The peanut butter recall involves approximately 1,000 cases of peanut butter.

King Nut asked customers (food service providers in Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, Idaho, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Florida) to stop distributing all peanut butter under its King Nut and Parnell's Pride brands with a lot code that begins with the numeral "8."

The Minnesota Department of Health found salmonella bacteria in a 5-pound container of King Nut brand creamy peanut butter.

The Minnesota tests had not linked it to the type of salmonella in the outbreak that has sickened almost 400 people in 42 states, but additional results are expected early next week.

The FDA is also analyzing samples of peanut butter from King Nut and Peanut Corporation.
Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), the manufacturer of King Nut’s two peanut butter brands, is working with federal food and health officials to determine whether its products are connected to the national outbreak. PCA does not sell its products at grocery stores or directly to the public.

The tainted container was found in the kitchen of a nursing facility, leaving it open to the possibility of cross-contamination from another source. They did not say where the nursing facility was located or when the contaminated product was discovered.

The CDC confirmed 399 cases so far nationally, with about one in five of victims hospitalized. They have not confirmed any deaths associated with the outbreak.

Salmonella poisoning can be a deadly food-borne illness. It could take months or even years for the infection to completely go away.

As a consumer, you have the right to assume that products you purchase or use have been produced in a manner that would ensure that they are safe and free from unreasonable risks. If a company manufactures a product that h is hazardous to the user, the company must be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that occurred due to the faulty product.

At Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP, our team of dedicated and skilled legal professionals has years of experience representing seriously injured clients throughout Pennsylvania who have suffered serious injuries as the result of defective and dangerous products. If you have been the victim of bodily injuries due to a faulty product, please contact a Philadelphia defective product attorney at Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP. for a free consultation.