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A Guide to the Salmonella Outbreak

More than 500 fell ill between September 2008 and January 2009, and as many as eight have died, thanks to contaminated peanut butter. Here's how salmonella got into our food supply during this and past outbreaks, and how we might keep it out in the future

  • February 10, 2009

Salmonella sparks recall for two-year-old peanut products

You wouldn’t think peanut butter could have such long-lasting, ill effects, but the company whose peanut products caused a nationwide outbreak of salmonella infections is now recalling everything it has manufactured at its contaminated Blakely, Ga., plant since January 1, 2007.

January 29, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Obama orders review of FDA in wake of salmonella outbreak

Pres. Obama says he's ordering a “complete review” of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after state and federal inspectors failed to detect and crack down on  a Georgia plant that knowingly sent out tainted peanut butter products that have sickened 529 people in 43 states and may have killed eight.

February 2, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Peanut butter company knew its products contained salmonella

Federal regulators charge that the company responsible for salmonella-tainted peanut butter shipped products it knew were contaminated. The bacterial infection has sickened 501 people in 43 states since September and may be linked to eight deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

January 28, 2009 — Jordan Lite

"Smoking gun": Salmonella outbreak linked to irrigation water on a Mexican farm

Peppers were apparently the perps in the salmonella outbreak that sickened some 1,300 people in the U.S. and Canada since April. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it traced the responsible bacterial strain—Salmonella Saintpaul—to a Serrano pepper grown on a Mexican farm that irrigated its fields with water contaminated with it.

July 31, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Pet food making people sick

Some 79 people in 21 states have been sickened with a bacterial infection linked to contaminated pet food — the first time human Salmonella enterica illness has been traced to a contaminated animal food plant.

November 6, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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