Peanut butter recalled

Linked to US salmonella outbreak

All jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter are being pulled from supermarket shelves in the Cayman Islands in connection with an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning in the US.

Department of Environmental Health officials also instruct Cayman residents to discard jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that were purchased since May 2006, and that have product codes starting with the numbers 2111, said a press release.

The product code is found on the jars’ lids. Residents are instructed not to consume peanut butter from these specific jars.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes serious food-borne illness. Symptoms of infection can include diarrhoea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting. Salmonella also can cause life-threatening illness in individuals with weakened immune systems or poor health. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, none of the 288 individuals infected in the US have died. ConAgra, the manufacturer that produces both brands of peanut butter, is recalling and destroying all affected products in the US.

For more information, contact DEH at 949-6696.