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Bad Peanut Butter from Peter Pan

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ConAgra Foods Inc., has recalled peanut butter linked by federal officials to nearly 300 cases of salmonella in 39 states.

ConAgra Foods sells Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart’s Great Value house brand.

Dirty jars or equipment at the plant of the manufacturer, ConAgra Foods Inc, is susected as the culprit in the outbreak.

Shoppers across the country were warned to throw out jars with a product code on the lid beginning with “2111,” which denotes the plant where it was made.

Salmonella is group of bacteria that cause typhoid fever and a number of other illnesses, including food poisoning, gastroenteritis and enteric fever from contaminated food products. The bacteria can cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever and chills. It can attack in as little time as 6 to 7 hours or take as long as 3 days. It seldom causes death and can be cured with antibiotics.