No Salmonella Cases In Montana Linked To National Outbreak
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has enhanced its surveillance for Salmonella typhimurium cases in Montana residents in relation to a multi-state outbreak involving peanut butter products.
However, as of Wednesday, January 21, 2009 there have been no cases of Salmonella typhimurium in Montana associated with the outbreak, according to Bonnie Barnard, communicable disease surveillance epidemiologist for the Department of Public Health and Human Services.
In addition, staff in the Food and Consumer Safety Program for DPHHS is actively working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local health departments to ensure that any recalled peanut butter products associated with the outbreak are not distributed to the public.
Montana residents should not eat products that have been recalled and throw them away in a manner that prevents others from eating them. In addition, residents should postpone eating other peanut butter-containing products, such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream until more information becomes available about which brands may be affected.
According to the FDA, major national brands of jarred peanut butter, similar to the jars sold at grocery stores, are not affected by the recall.