Salmonella Toll Hits 666 Sick— and Climbing

9 killed in outbreak; Peanut Corp cited in all 'clusters of infections'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 25, 2009 6:30 AM CST
An Early County Sheriff's car leaves the parking lot at the the Peanut Corporation of America processing plant in Blakely, Ga., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.    (AP Photo/Ric Feld)
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(Newser) – Peanut-linked salmonella has sickened 666 people and counting, despite a massive food recall, Reuters reports. The illness has killed nine. “To date, 19 clusters of infections in five states have been reported in schools and other institutions,” said a health official. “King Nut brand peanut butter was present in all facilities.” King Nut and all tainted peanut butter has been traced to now-bankrupt Peanut Corporation of America.

“To date, more than 2,100 products in 17 categories have been voluntarily recalled by more than 200 companies, and the list continues to grow,” said the FDA.
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