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Manufacturer recalls suspect peanut butter

OKINAWA, Japan -- -- ConAgra Foods is voluntarily recalling "Peter Pan" & "Great Value" brand Peanut Butter for contamination with Salmonella.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter sold since May 2006, 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.

Hazard: Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections. Individuals who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.

Incidents/Injuries: FDA's warning is based on a just-completed epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the states and local health agencies, which links 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of varying types of Peter Pan peanut butter.

Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.

Remedy: 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 destroy the product. For the full refund they MUST mail their Peter Pan Peanut butter product lid along with their name and mailing address to ConAgra Foods, PO Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7087 or they can call ConAgra at 866-344-6970.

Overseas customers may return to the store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Consumers who have questions should contact ConAgra at 866-344-6970.