Peanut Butter May be Source of Salmonella Outbreak in Arkansas

FEBRUARY 15, 2007 - Posted at 2:49 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services says a salmonella outbreak linked to certain jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter may be responsible for at least three cases of salmonella in Arkansas.

Three Arkansans were sickened with the same strain of salmonellosis that Federal health officials said sickened 288 people in 39 states since August 2006.  However, Health Division spokeswoman Ann Wright says there are no current cases of salmonellosis in the state.  Wright says no one is sure yet whether the Arkansas cases are part of the outbreak or not.

K8 News has learned that at least two confirmed cases of salmonellosis are being treated in Jonesboro, at NEA Clinic.

If consumers have this product, they should discard it, but save the product lid.  For a full refund, consumers must return the Peter Pan Peanut Butter product lid along with their name and mailing address to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, Ne 68103.

Consumers with questions or concerns about therecall can call the 24-hour toll-free hotmail at 866-344-6970. For more information about salmonella, visit

K8 News will have more information on these developments tonight on K8 News at Six.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)