Over the weekend, health officials issued a warning against consuming products containing peanut butter--products like cookies, cakes and ice cream. Scientists have apparently linked an outbreak of salmonella poisoning to processed foods containing peanut butter. The outbreak has affected 43 states and sickened more than 470 people, with close to 100 requiring hospitalization. Six people have died as a result of this salmonella outbreak.
For the time being, actual jars of peanut butter seem to be unaffected. The Kellogg company has chosen to recall 16 products and the Peanut Corporation has recalled all peanut butter and peanut paste produced in its Georgia plant since mid-September.
For more information, visit the FDA's website.