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The recent recall of peanut butter products has grown to more than 100 items manufactured by multiple companies and sold in supermarkets nationwide—including Alabama—as concerns over possible salmonella contamination spread. At least 30 people in 19 states have been infected by salmonella bacteria that may be linked to tainted peanut butter products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you believe you may have become ill due to contaminated peanut butter or another faulty consumer product, the Mobile, Alabama, product liability attorneys at Long & Long may be able to help you seek compensation for medical costs and other resulting damages. After 12 salmonella-related illnesses were linked to Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter manufactured by Sunland Inc. and sold in Trader Joe’s stores, those two companies initiated a recall of Sunland’s peanut butter products. Amid increasing reports of illnesses in multiple states, Sunland has since recalled all of the products made at its peanut butter and nut manufacturing facility in New Mexico between May 1 and Sept. 24. Sunland’s peanut butter products are distributed to grocery store chains across the country and are sold under the Sunland imprint or store’s brand name label. Meanwhile, the Chattanooga Bakery Inc. has recalled its Peanut Butter Moon Pie Crunch products with “best by” dates of 02/26/13, 03/25/13 and 04/29/13 due to the risk of salmonella contamination. So far, there is no direct association between salmonella and other Sunland or Chattanooga Bakery products, although the Food and Drug Administration’s investigation into the latest salmonella scare is ongoing. Salmonella infection can cause an illness that may result in serious health complications and sometimes death. Salmonella is especially dangerous to children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. In healthy individuals, salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The latest peanut butter recall comes four years after another salmonella outbreak was linked to peanut butter. In 2008, at least nine people died and more than 700 people in 46 states were made ill due to contaminated peanut butter. That outbreak led to new regulations for peanut-based foods, including new standards for roasting peanuts hot enough to kill potentially hazardous pathogens. For more information about dangerous consumer goods, please see our Defective Products Questions page. If you suffered harm as a result of contaminated food or defective product, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, product liability lawyers at Long & Long for your free case consultation.

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