The number of deaths possibly linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak has risen to 11, with officials reporting new fatalities in Minnesota and Ohio.
In Minnesota, a long-term care facility patient in her 80s may have died because of the salmonella outbreak, which has been blamed on contaminated peanut butter found in a wide array of food products, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In Ohio, four additional deaths may be linked to the outbreak, which now has hit Ohio harder -- in terms of number of cases and deaths -- than any other state, officials said.
Nearly 500 people in 43 states have been sickened possibly because of the salmonella outbreak, the CDC said.
Besides the five new deaths, six prior deaths have been reported by state health departments as being possibly linked to salmonella -- two in Virginia, one in North Carolina, one in Idaho and two additional cases in Minnesota.
Here is some useful information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) regarding questionable products:
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Here’s a recall list.
Another list allows you to search by product type.
These all appear to be prepared foods, even the dog food (peanut butter in dog food? Only the pampered pets of the childless, I suppose).
There are very few plain jars of peanut butter on that list (they call it “peanut paste” for all you goobers* out there). Of the very short list of this so-called paste, there appear no nationally branded products.
Lots and lots and lots of prepared foods are represented, though. Which recalls your momma's advice: only shop the periphery of the grocery store. Do not wander into the aisles picking up prepared snacks and pre-packaged “food”.
Of course that wisdom doesn’t always work. Momma didn’t know about organic killer vegetables back then.
* To our European readers: a “goober” is a peanut in its basic form. However, “Goober” can also refer to a kind of dim-witted rustic Southern male. Note that only other dim-witted rustic Southern males are permitted to use this form of fond appellation without risking injury to themselves.