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Wed January 21, 2009
KY Unaffected by Salmonella Outbreak
By Carrie Pond
Frankfort, KY – There is no evidence so far that a nationwide outbreak of salmonella includes Kentucky. Earlier this week, Mejier, Kroger, and other chains removed some products containing peanut butter from all its stores, including those in Kentucky, as a precautionary measure. But Beth Fisher with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services says no contaminated food has been found in the state. Fisher says the salmonella outbreak has been traced back to Peanut Corporation of America in Georgia. They produce peanut butter and peanut butter paste - which is used in cookies, cakes, crackers and ice cream.
"We're not saying those products are affected with this outbreak, but if you have something that does contain peanut butter, and you don't have time to check that recall list, just to be safe, go ahead and throw that product out."
An updated list of recalled products to date is available on the CDC's website. Fisher says only three recent cases of salmonella in Kentucky have been traced to peanut butter products - and those were reported last fall.