Health and Family Services Cabinet
DPH Identifies Nine Cases in Kentucky Related to National Salmonella Outbreak,
Urges Kentuckians to Discard Peanut Butter in Certain Batches
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has identified nine cases of Salmonella in Kentuckians from September through January related to the multi-state outbreak announced yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Kentucky's cases occurred in residents of the following counties: Calloway (2), Jefferson (2), Kenton (1), Greenup (1), Marshall (1), Meade (1), and Warren (1). Those affected ranged in age from children to seniors.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (the bacterium identified in the outbreak). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111."
Kentuckians who have Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter with this code purchased since May 2006 should discard it.
"We have identified several cases of Salmonella illness occurring over a number of months across the state that fit the pattern for this multi-state outbreak," said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner of public health and undersecretary for health at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. "We advise people not to consume any peanut butter that matches the product code specified in the warning by the federal Food and Drug Administration. If Kentuckians have eaten peanut butter suspected to be at risk and experience the symptoms of Salmonella, we urge them to see a doctor."
Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In people with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.
Those who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities by health providers, and affected individuals should save peanut butter products for testing by the state public health laboratory.
FDA's warning was based on a recently completed epidemiological study by the CDC, the states and local health agencies, which links 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of varying types of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter.
For more information, visit Kentucky Health Alerts at http://healthalerts.ky.gov/