FDA Urges People to Avoid Products Containing Peanut Butter

On Saturday, Federal health authorities urged consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods that contain peanut butter as an ingredient until investigators can learn more about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination. While most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe, the peanut paste that is the subject of the investigation (produced at a Georgia facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America) is an ingredient in cookies, cakes and other products that people buy in the supermarket. Kellogg is among the companies that have recalled cookies and other food products containing peanut butter.

So far, more than 470 people have gotten sick in 43 states, at least 90 had to be hospitalized, and at least 6 have died.