Salmonella in Peanut Butter Linked to Other U.S. CasesBy JANE ZHANGMinnesota officials said tests confirmed the salmonella bacteria found in a container of peanut butter genetically matches salmonella that has caused at least 410 illnesses nationwide.Last week, state investigators found the bacteria in a five-pound package of King Nut brand peanut butter at a nursing home where salmonella sickened several people. Genetic tests verified the link to the national outbreak, which has sickened people in 43 states.The Minnesota food sleuths focused on peanut butter because all 30 people who became ill in the state ate the sandwich spread, and the "overwhelming majority" ate King Nut brand, said Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Health.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said several other states reported that people became sick after eating at schools, hospitals and other institutions where King Nut is the only brand of peanut butter used.
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