Tainted Peanut Butter Uncovered in Connecticut

The nationwide salmonella probe had been traced to products sent to Connecticut, said Consumer Production Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr.

An unopened five-pound tub of King Nut peanut butter found at City Line distributors of West Haven tested positive for the bacteria. It's the first sealed package of peanut butter from the Ohio company that tested positve for salmonella.

The outbreak has been linked to 453 illnesses, and five deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six of those cases have been traced to Connecticut, but no one in the state has died as a result of the bacteria.

The peanut butter itself is not sold in stores, but is used commercially. It may have been used in the manufacturing of Austin or Kellogg peanut butter crackers sold in vending machines, Farrell said.

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