Couple Believes They Got Salmonella Poisoning From Peanut Butter
Officials at ConAgra Foods have issued a voluntary recall of two types of peanut butter.
ConAgra Foods and the FDA are investigating a possible link between salmonella contamination and Peter Pan and Wal-Mart brand Great Value peanut butters.
The possibly contaminated jars have a product code starting with the numbers 2111.
The Associated Press reports almost 300 people in 39 states, including Washington, have been sickened by eating this contaminated peanut butter...
Including one couple in wapato.
Larry and Barb Phillips called KNDO worried that they had a jar of contaminated peanut butter... and it turns out their product code matched the batch being recalled.
Larry believes he was sickened by eating this contaminated peanut butter -- and half of their jar is already gone.
Barb bought the jar of Great Value Peanut Butter at Wal-Mart last week, and has been making peanut butter sandwiches for larry for the last few days.
Larry says eating the peanut butter made him so sick yesterday he couldn't fully enjoy their anniversary. He says he was sick at least six times yesterday and once this morning.
So Barb stopped using the peanut butter immediately, and she is concerned to by more until the worries about salmonella are gone.
The couple also isn't sure whether they will get their refunded money, or pursue legal action.
And what used to be his favorite food, now isn't so appealing...
But the Yakima County Health Department says there are only four reports of salmonella poisoning in the entire state, and it's unknown if those were caused by the peanut butter now being recalled.
The Health District says there have not been any official reports in Yakima County because of salmonella poisoning because of this recalled peanut butter.
But they recommend anyone who feels symptoms of salmonella posioning should contact their health care provider immediately.
Officials are advising any consumers who have bought the recalled peanut butter to discard the product, but save the lid for a full refund.
Consumers with questions can call ConAgra's 24-hour hotline at 1-866-344-6970.