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ConAgra Settles Hundreds of Peanut Butter Salmonella Cases


This is a settlement for the Foodborne Illness lawsuit.

A 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 process.

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.

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Published on May-29-09


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