Second Case of Salmonella Confirmed In El Paso County

By: KKTV/AP Email
By: KKTV/AP Email

The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment says a second case of salmonella, linked to the peanut butter recall, has now been confirmed in El Paso County.

The condition and circumstances of what each person ate to contract the salmonella strain is not being released but health department officials will confirm it was a peanut butter product.

The salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 500 people and at least eight people may have died as a result of the infection.

Peanut Corp. says it has expanded its recall of peanut butter products into one of the largest in the nation's history out of an abundance of caution.

The company says the recall includes all peanut products dating back to January 1, 2007 produced in its Georgia plant.

The company is relatively small but it's peanut paste is an ingredient in hundreds of food products.

Inspectors found roaches, mold, a leaking roof and other sanitary problems at the Georgia plant, which continued to ship products anyway, even after they were found to contain salmonella.

A senior member of Congress and Georgia's agriculture commissioner have called for a criminal investigation, but the Food and Drug Administration says that's premature while its own probe continues.

For a full and up-to-date list of products being recalled, click on the link below.

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