The Doctors: Salmonella Peanut Butter Recall
Peanut products from Sunland, Inc. have given Salmonella poisoning to 35 people in 19 states. The Doctors TV show investigated this recent outbreak.
Sunland, Inc. is shut down while the Food and Drug Administration investigates it, and dozens of jars of peanut butter have been pulled from the shelves in stores like Trader Joe’s, Target and Costco.
Viewer Michelle sent in a video to The Drs. as a concerned mother. She said she feeds her daughter peanut butter sandwiches and peanut butter with apples almost daily, and she loves peanut butter cookies. Michelle has been hearing a lot about the peanut butter recall, and wondered what the signs of Salmonella are.
The Drs: Peanut Butter Recall Food List
Dr. Travis Stork said that last night he ate a fresh peanut butter cup with dark chocolate, and then went online and saw that it had been recalled…oops.
Dr. Jim Sears said that his office has been getting a ton of calls about it and he tells people to go to the cdc.gov website for the recall list.
Foodborne Disease Epidemiologist Laura Gieraltowski called in to the show to update the doctors on the foods on the recall list. She said the list continues to grow and new foods are added every day. The newest things on the list are raw and roasted peanuts.
The Doctors: Throw Out Any Food You Have On the Recall List
Dr. Gieraltowski said that things like ice cream, cookies, crackers and candy are also found on the list. Dr. Stork said that the good thing is that when something is recalled, it comes off the store shelves, but if you still have the items in your home you need to throw them out or return them to the store.
Dr. Gieraltowski also said that even if you’ve eaten part of something that’s been recalled and you haven’t gotten sick, you still need to throw the rest out.
The Doctors: How Does Salmonella Affect You?
Dr. Stork said that Salmonella can live on peanuts, and it takes a certain amount to make you sick. He said that Salmonella can be on peanuts, meats, eggs or virtually anything that’s contaminated.
When you swallow something with a good amount of Salmonella on it, the bacteria will invade your gastrointestinal tract. You can get everything from abdominal cramps to fevers to severe and bloody diarrhea. Luckily, most cases of Salmonella will resolve within four to seven days without treatment.
Unfortunately, more than half of these peanut Salmonella cases are in young kids. Dr. Sears said kids under age five are more susceptible to it and a lot of them end up in the hospital. If you’re having any of these symptoms and you can’t keep fluids down, you need to get medical care. Dr. Stork said that it might not be Salmonella but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Learn more about the peanut butter recall in the video below.