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2006-2007 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Associated with ConAgra Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter

In November 2006, public health officials detected a substantial increase in reports of Salmonella serotype Tennessee isolates. In February, 2007, a multistate, case-control study linked the consumption of either Peter Pan or Great Value Peanut Butter brands with infection. Subsequently the same strain of Salmonella Tennessee was isolated from unopened jars of peanut butter and from environmental samples collected from the processing plant. The product was recalled, and new illness reports declined. Unsanitary conditions at the Sylvester, Georgia, processing plant were known about since 2004. On April 5, 2007, ConAgra announced inadvertent moisture from a leaking roof and sprinkler system could have promoted bacteria growth in the plant. Great Value brand was sold at WalMart stores.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Arizona, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa, Washington, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Kansas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Nuts, Peanut, Peanut Butter
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • PulseNet patterns JNXX01.0010, JNXX01.0011, and JNXX01.0026
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home, Retail
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Peter Pan, Great Value
  • Total ill:
  • 715
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 628
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 129
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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