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More items added to salmonella danger list

THE company that sells Little Debbie snacks has announced a recall of peanut butter crackers because of a potential link to a deadly salmonella outbreak in the United States.

The voluntary recall came a day after the government advised consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods with peanut butter until health officials learned more about the contamination.

The announcement by McKee Foods Corp of Collegedale, Tennessee, about two kinds of Little Debbie products was another in a string of voluntary recalls following the most recent guidance by health officials.

The South Bend Chocolate Co in Indiana also said on Sunday that it was recalling various candies containing peanut butter from Peanut Corp of America. In Chicago, Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products recalled several brands of peanut butter cookies it sells through Wal-Mart stores.

Peanut Corp expanded its recall on Sunday to all peanut butter and all peanut paste produced at its Blakely, Georgia, plant since July 1.

McKee said it had not received any complaints about illnesses from people who ate any size peanut butter toasty sandwich crackers or peanut butter cheese sandwich crackers. The recall covers crackers produced on or after July 1.

Officials are focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at Peanut Corp's Georgia facility. Its peanut butter is not sold to consumers but distributed to institutions and food companies. But the peanut paste, made from roasted peanuts, is an ingredient in cookies, cakes and other products that people buy in the supermarket.

So far, more than 470 people have got sick in 43 states, and at least 90 had to go to hospital. At least six deaths are being blamed on the outbreak.


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