Rise In Salmonella Cases Linked To Peanut Butter

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new federal report shows the number of people sickened by salmonella-tainted peanut butter has now topped

A report in March put the number at 425. Now, it's 628, in 47 states. Only Hawaii, New Hampshire and Utah have reported no illnesses.

ConAgra Foods recalled all its peanut butter after government investigators linked the bacteria outbreak to the company's Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter.

The Centers for Disease Control says the number of new salmonella cases dropped substantially after the peanut butter was recalled.

Wal-Mart has continued selling Great Value peanut butter made by different suppliers, but Peter Pan has yet to return to stores.

ConAgra plans to reintroduce Peter Pan in July.

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