05 Oct

Salmonella Outbreak

You may want to think twice about eating that peanut butter and jelly sandwhich after you read about the salmonella outbreak that has affected 35 people in 19 states.  Salmonella Bredeney is the strain of bacteria that can be traced back to Sunland Inc. in Portales, NM.  Sunland Inc. manufactures the sea salt used in Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter.  The initial testing was conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture laboratory.  This laboratory isolated the strain of salmonella from a jar of peanut butter.  Salmonella is a gram-negative rod shaped bacteria that is often the cause of food born illnesses.  In most cases these bacterial infections can be transferred from human to human.  Salmonella must be consumed in large quantities in order to cause illness in humans.  The low acidity of the stomach destroys the majority of bacteria consumed.