New Mexico girl victim of tainted peanut butter

Posted at: 10/19/2012 1:25 PM
Updated at: 10/19/2012 6:32 PM
By: The Associated Press and Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say a 5-year-old girl from Roosevelt County has been identified as the 36th victim of a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter and other nut products from eastern New Mexico.

The girl is from Roosevelt County, the area where the tainted products were processed. Health officials say the girl was never hospitalized and has recovered.

She is the first person in the state linked to the outbreak, which the Centers for Disease Control says has sickened 35 other people in 19 states.

The Portales peanut processing plant, Sunland Inc., has shuttered while it conducts a top to bottom scrubbing and upgrade to equipment and safety controls. More than 300 products, including peanuts, peanut butter and other nut products processed at the plant, have been recalled.

A list of the recalled products can be found by clicking here:

For more information about the outbreak, click here.

The CDC’s advice to consumers who have recalled peanut products in their home:

· Dispose of the product immediately or return it to the place of purchase.

· Even if some of the peanut butter or other products containing nuts and seeds have been eaten without anyone becoming ill, the rest of the jar should be disposed of or returned.

·If consumers choose to discard recalled peanut butter or other products containing nuts and seeds, the product should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag and placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent people or animals from eating it.


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