Lawsuit :: Lawsuit filed against Conagra Foods over salmonella outbreak

A number of lawsuits filed against ConAgra Foods Inc. of US, because of the company’s salmonella-contaminated peanut butter.

US public health officials in multiple states, with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S Food and Drug Administration are investigating a large multistate outbreak of Salmonella Tennessee infections.

A Missouri couple has filed suit against ConAgra Foods Inc. because of the company?s salmonella-contaminated peanut butter. Buchanan County residents Brian and Susanna Cox are alleging that Susanna and their two children became ill with salmonella symptoms, reported by NewsInferno.

A Texas couple sued ConAgra Foods Inc. today, saying their two children got sick after eating peanut butter linked to a salmonella outbreak. The suit filed by Dr. Charles Osborn and Brie Osborn in state district court in Ellis County says that their 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son got painful gastroenteritis after eating the peanut butter, reported by Associated Press.

Salmonella sickens about 40,000 people a year in the U.S. and kills about 600. No deaths have been reported in the ConAgra peanut butter-related cases.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number “2111.” Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.

If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it.

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