Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter

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The state Department of Health is advising consumers of a multi-state salmonella outbreak that may be linked to the Valencia brand of peanut butter that's sold at Trader Joe's.

The product is Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt. The peanut butter is also sold online through other retail outlets, state health officials said.

The department is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials in several states to investigate the outbreak. Nationally, there have been 29 cases of illness with two cases reported in Pennsylvania.

Trader Joe's has voluntarily removed the product from its store shelves. Consumers who bought the product should discard it, according to the state health department.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts two to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalization. Older adults, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from salmonella infection.

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