Hundreds of Peanut Butter Salmonella Cases
Texas law firm announced today that they have negotiated confidential settlements
for 752 individuals across the US who became ill after consuming Peter Pan
and Great Value peanut butter manufactured by ConAgra Foods, Inc.
In November 2006, public health officials at CDC and state health departments
detected a substantial increase in the reported incidence of Salmonella
Tennessee illnesses. Salmonella.
Illness was linked to the consumption of 2 brands of peanut butter (Peter Pan
and Great Value) produced at ConAgra's plant in Sylvester, Georgia. Based on
these findings, ConAgra ceased peanut butter production at the plant and
recalled both products on February 14, 2007.
As of the CDC's last reported summary in September 2007, over 714 cases of
Salmonella Tennessee illness had been linked to the consumption of the
contaminated peanut butter. The plant was shut down and eventually rebuilt to
incorporate more food safety measures in the peanut butter production
Shortly after the recall, lawyers from Simon & Luke led a team into
ConAgra's peanut butter plant to inspect and document the conditions that
caused the contamination of the peanut butter. Extensive laboratory testing
by the CDC, FDA, and the law firm found the outbreak strain of Salmonella
Tennessee in several opened and unopened jars of Peter Pan and Great Value
peanut butter. In addition, Salmonella Tennessee was found in environmental
samples obtained from the plant during inspections.
Additional Salmonella Tennessee peanut butter claims against ConAgra continue
to be prosecuted.
May-29-09: Hundreds of Peanut Butter Salmonella Cases Settled