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RECENT SALMONELLA OUTBREAK PROMPTS EXPANDED NATIONWIDE RECALL

INDIANAPOLIS - With six confirmed cases related to the current Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak strain, the Indiana State Department of Health wants Hoosiers to be aware of the expanded nationwide recall of possible contaminated products.

On January 29, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) issued an expanded voluntary recall of all peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia facility since January 1, 2007. The expanded recall includes all peanuts (dry and oil roasted), granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste. All of the recalled peanuts and peanut products were made only at the company's Blakely, Georgia facility.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a searchable list of products and brands associated with the expanded PCA recall. This list is available at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm and will be updated on a regular basis as additional recalls occur and information is received by FDA from the industry.

Because identification of products subject to recall is continuing, the FDA urges consumers to visit the FDA's Web site (www.fda.gov) to determine if commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream) are subject to recall. If consumers do not find the product of interest, they are encouraged to call the toll-free number listed on most food packaging or visit the company's Web site.

If consumers cannot determine if their peanut butter, peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products or institutionally-served peanut butter does not contain PCA peanut butter/peanut paste, it is recommended they not consume those products. Efforts to specifically identify products subject to the PCA recall and to continuously update consumers are ongoing.

Individuals who have consumed a recalled product or any product containing peanut butter and experienced the symptoms of salmonella should talk to a health care provider.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur. Infants, elderly persons, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

For information about Salmonella and the current recall, go to www.statehealth.in.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

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