King Nut recalls Salmonella-tainted peanut butter

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SOLON, OHIO — About 400 people in 42 states have been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Typhimurium, and the cause appears to be peanut butter from King Nut Companies.

King Nut has issued a recall of peanut better distributed under the King Nut label after being informed Salmonella was found in an open 5-lb tub of the peanut butter. The peanut butter is only sold through food service accounts and is not sold directly to consumers.

"We are very sorry this happened," said Martin Kanan, president and chief executive officer. "We are taking immediate and voluntary actions because the health and safety of those who use our products is always our highest priority.

"Because we don’t manufacture peanut butter, we will do what we can to get this product out of distribution and will work with the manufacturer to inform others of this problem. We also distribute peanut butter from this manufacturer under the Parnell’s Pride brand, although we are not the only distributor. However, we have asked our customers to remove this brand as well."

The contaminated peanut butter is manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America.

Most of the Salmonella cases began between Sept. 3 and Dec. 31 with most cases occurring after Oct. 1.

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