Parents like me have been bothered by the recent recall on peanuts and peanut products for possible Salmonella contamination. So should we really worry about this?
Salmonella can cause serious infections in young children and those with weakened immune systems. Its symptoms include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and infection that last for up to seven days.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are already 35 people from 19 states who have been infected with salmonella. This is likely a result of eating Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt, manufactured by Sunland, Inc… Eight have already been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported yet.
As of late, about 240 products have been pulled out of the shelves including those from popular brands like Trader Joe’s and Hines Nut Company. Parents.com reports that Trader Joe’s recalled eight of its products including its Creamy Salted Valenciana Peanut Butter while Hines Nut Company, Inc. recalled its salted jumbo Virginia in-shell peanuts.
This recall raised concerns to consumers and the CDC advised those who may have gotten sick from consuming peanuts and peanut products to consult their physician. It is also best to steer clear from recalled items for now.
Parents are also advised to check expiration date labels on food items. According to Parents.com “If a product is released with an expiration date that is after the date on the recalled product, you should be safe.”
You can also heat peanuts to at least 160 degrees for not less than ten minutes can also help kill off any salmonella that a product may contain.
At times like this, it pays to be cautious. Stay safe everyone!
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