There have been reports of Salmonella outbreak from different parts of the country. The bacteria has been found in contaminated peanut products, that were distributed by Peanut Corp Company. The products were produced in their factories and shipped out across the U.S. to be sold and consumed.
Peanut Corp Company is known best by their peanut butter. In 2010 the company was asked to recall their products after some of the them were said to be contaminated, and lead to great illness in most of the people that ate them.
By September, a large amount of illnesses emerged within a very short time frame. There were reported cases of the same illness of the same kind sent to many hospitals. This affected many products that were being processed and distributed. These products included peanut butter crackers and cookies that were produced by the company, and being distributed to supermarkets where many consumers bought them not knowing they were contaminated.
Supermarket and fast food restaurant sales were at a low, since the consumers avoided any kind of nuts being sold altogether. Reports flowed to the Food and Drug Administration. The Food and Drug Administration inspector gave detailed inspections to the Peanut Corp. Company factories that were producing the products.
Hurley Jacob, age 3 ate peanut butter crackers from Peanut Corp. Company, as his favorite snack. Afterwards he got very ill as his father said he brought the crackers from peanut Corp as a surprise to his beloved son. The father said that the boy was under salmonella symptoms for eleven days.
As Jacob was tested by the lab technicians, the report was that he was seriously infected with salmonella symptoms, and that the boy was in great danger. The doctors said that the cases were all over, and it was an outbreak in every part of the country. After being hospitalized, Jacob was well within just a few days.
Signs of the symptoms of salmonella are:
- Stomach pains
After months of investigations and hospital reports, the distributor decided to take back the products that were distributed to stores by the manufacturers at the Peanut Corp Company. This led to other 200 products to be recalled. In the The United States history it was the worse extensive recall ever.
The recall led to the bankruptcy of the Peanut Corp Company, due to the compensation they made to most of the consumers who claimed that they spent more money to recover.
Some factories were closed, but it was soon said to be reopened after Food and Drug Administration approved of them.