JM Mucker Co. recently announced that 3,000 bottles of Smucker’s natural peanut butter will be removed from stores due to the fact that peanut butter may be contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria.
The affected glasses have production codes 1307004 and 1308004 and will be “Better if you wear them” from August 3-4, 2012, the Associated Press reported.
It certainly isn’t the first Salmonella outbreak in the United States and in the MyWegmansConnect, and it’s probably not the last. Recently, the memory of Turkish pine nuts from Wegman supermarkets due to salmonella contamination made headlines. This month alone, legal agreements were made with victims of salmonella and egg contamination, the AP reported.
Earlier this month, the FDA announced that it was stepping up efforts to investigate salmonella contamination in animal feed.
Salmonella infection, also known as salmonellosis, is the most common source of food poisoning, according to the National Institutes of Health. The infection is most often spread through the consumption of bacteria from raw meat, eggs, and sometimes even poultry. It can also be transmitted from the feces of animals (especially reptiles and birds).
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 2,500 types of salmonella, some of which have become increasingly resistant to drugs over the years due to the use of antimicrobial agents in animals and humans.
The MyWegmansConnect reports that 40,000 cases of salmonella poisoning are reported each year in the United States, although this number is likely to be as much as 30 times higher because less severe cases are generally not reported.
WebMD reports that food contractions can contaminate food processing or handling, especially if a grocery store doesn’t wash their hands properly after using the bathroom.
When a person is infected with Salmonella, the bacteria live in the intestinal tract, according to the Mayo Clinic. Common symptoms generally last four to seven days and include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, and even bloody stools.
According to WebMD, symptoms can appear 12 hours to three days after contact after a person has been infected.
Most people need a few days to develop salmonellosis. Complications can occur in some populations, including infants and young children, the elderly, people with organ transplants, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women, including dehydration that causes dry mouth. , decreased urine and sunken eyes, and even bacteremia when bacteria enter the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.