5 more salmonella cases confirmed in Michigan
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The state health
department has confirmed five more cases of salmonella illness in Michigan today,
bringing the total to 25. The cases are part of a nationwide outbreak, which
has sickened 434 people, and may have killed five.
This morning, Kellogg Company, based in Battle Creek, issued a hold on its current
inventory of Austin and Keebler branded Toasted
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cracker, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers,
Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich
crackers. The snacks are made with peanut butter manufactured by Peanut
Corporation of America,
which is under investigation as the manufacturer of the culprit peanut
Last week, the Minnesota
department of health found salmonella in a tub of King Nut peanut butter. It
is not a grocery brand, but is served in schools, hospitals and other
institutions. King Nut, an Ohio company,
distributes, but does not make, its peanut butter to Ohio,
North Dakota, Arizona,
Idaho and New Hampshire. They’ve recalled individual
tubs with lot number 038445, or case lots beginning with 8.
Salmonella is a bacteria commonly found in animals, where
it is not infectious. When consumed by humans, it causes nausea, cramping,
vomiting and diarrhea. Usually, the infection resolves itself. Untreated, it
can lead to organ damage.
Michigan counties with
confirmed cases are Arenac, Bay, Eaton, Kalamazoo,
Kent, Lapeer, Macomb, Mecosta, Muskegon,
Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne.