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Over 125 products recalled in salmonella outbreak in U.S.
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13:21, January 22, 2009

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has recalled at least 125 products in connection with the salmonella outbreak.

The FDA said the products included cookies, ice cream and pet food.

All the products contained peanut paste or peanut butter made at a factory located in Georgia and owned by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

The FDA confirmed the presence of salmonella at the PCA factory. The factory sells it products to more than 70 institutions and food companies, but not to individual consumers.

FDA officials said the factory has suspended operations, and initial investigations show that it was the sole source of the outbreak.

A searchable database of recalled products has been set up on the FDA's website to help consumers. The number in the database is expected to increase as investigations continue.

On Wednesday, the peanut butter granola bars of NutriSystem Inc., and seven dog biscuit products of PetSmart Inc. were recalled. Other companies affected by the recall include such food and retail giants as General Mills, Kroger Co and Safeway Inc.

This salmonella outbreak, the second in two years, was first detected in September 2008.

So far, it has sickened more than 480 people in 43 states, with at least 90 of them having to be hospitalized. It may have also caused the death of six others, said the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal agency responsible for the oversight of food products.

The CDC warned that as the outbreak appears to be ongoing, more cases of infection will be reported.

Salmonella bacteria is the most common source of food poisoning in the United States, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with it often experience fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.


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