Outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney Associated with Peanut Butter

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on September 22, 2012 that a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections had been associated with peanut butter.  As of September 22, a total of 29 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney had been reported to CDC’s PulseNet system from 18 states.  Four ill persons had been hospitalized, and no deaths had been reported.

CDC reported that collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies determined that Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt is the likely source of this outbreak.

On September 22, 2012, Trader Joe’s voluntarily recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because of potential contamination with Salmonella and urged consumers to not eat the product.  The product comes in a 16 ounce, plastic jar. All code dates are included in this recall.  This peanut butter product is sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores nationwide and on the internet.

Both CDC and Trader Joe’s recommend that consumers do not eat Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt and dispose of any remaining jars of peanut butter in the home or return the product to any Trader Joe’s grocery store.

Additional information on this outbreak is available from the CDC at: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/bredeney-09-12/index.html

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About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University
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