Peanut recalls still trickling in

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Good morning. You may think that the danger has passed when it comes to your chance of eating a food containing salmonella-contaminated peanut paste. After all, it has been almost six months since Americans started falling ill.

But USA TODAY's Elizabeth Weise and Julie Schmit report that companies are still recalling foods containing peanuts produced by the Peanut Corporation of America, the company tied to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 700 people in 46 states and has contributed to the deaths of nine.

On Thursday, Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream Co., Inc., of Livingston and Billings, Mo., recalled Nutty Royale Cones. Totally Nuts recalled Hiller’s Brand No Sugar Added Chocolate Peanuts sold in the Detroit area. And Arco Nut and Candy LLC of Riverside, California, recalled announced recall of repackaged peanut products.

To keep up with the ever-growing list of recalled foods, visit the Food and Drug Administration's Peanut Products Recall page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak is expected to continue at a low level for several months as consumers eat foods they have at home, unaware that they've been recalled. If you have a recalled product, the CDC advises putting it in a plastic bag in a sealed trash container to prevent anyone else - human or animal - from eating it.

The CDC says that most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, with the illness lasting four to seven days. The very old, very young and people with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable.

--By Sue Kelly, USA TODAY


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