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Salmonella Peanut Butter Outbreak Hits 41

At least 41 people in 20 states have fallen ill in an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney linked to Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made by Sunland, Inc. in Portales, NM.

Of those ill, 28 percent have been hospitalized and 63 percent are children under the age of 10, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The case count has risen by 3 since last reported, with one new case each in New York, North Carolina and Virginia.

The case count according to state is as follows:

Arizona (1), California (7), Connecticut (3), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (2), Nevada (1) New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), New York (2), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), Texas (5), Virginia (2), and Washington (2).

Since early October, Sunland has been voluntarily recalling hundreds of products featuring best-by dates between March 31, 2010 and September 24, 2013.

The company suspended production when the outbreak was first linked to its peanut butter, though executives have expressed a hope to restart peanut butter production in their sanitized facilities before the end of the year.

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