Digital News Report- The government has expanded its investigation into the cause of the Salmonella outbreak that has struck over 400 people in 43 states in the past few months. Five deaths have been linked to the outbreak. Last week, peanut butter became the top suspect in the outbreak after a five-pound jar of King Nut peanut butter was found to contain salmonella. King Nut issued a recall shortly after the link was discovered.
Tests at a Georgia facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America have shown signs of contamination, but no definitive link has been made to salmonella. The company has issued a recall of all of their products made after June 30th. Kelllog’s has also asked stores to pull some of its’ products that contain peanut butter. These include Keebler and Austin brand crackers with peanut butter filling. Some products containing peanut butter have also been pulled from vending machines.