Salmonella traced to peanut butter hits Minnesotan

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2012 - 9:27 PM

A Minnesotan is among 29 people nationally who have been sickened by a rare strain of salmonella traced to a line of Trader Joe's peanut butter that is under recall, state health officials said Tuesday.

The Minnesotan, an adult from the Twin Cities, required hospitalization but has since recovered, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. No deaths have been reported among those who fell ill.

Health officials said the Minnesota patient reported eating Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter during the week before becoming ill in late July.

The outbreak, which has reached 18 states, is tied to a strain known as Salmonella Bredeney. Symptoms, which can last for several days, include stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Symptoms can take up to three days to surface, but most often show up 12 to 36 hours after the tainted product is ingested. The Bredeney variation represented just 0.06 percent of Salmonella cases nationwide in 2009, according to federal health officials.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is coordinating a multi-state investigation with officials in the affected states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including seeing whether other products may be tainted.

Details of the Trader Joe's recall can be found at www.startribune.com/a1745.

The peanut butter manufacturer, Sunland Inc., of New Mexico, is recalling not only that line but other nut-based products as well. Those details can be found at www.startribune.com/a1746.

Minnesota records 575 to 700 cases of salmonellosis each year, according to state Health Department records.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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