Tainted peanut butter caused an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened nearly 300 people in 39 states since last August, government health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced the salmonella bacteria to a ConAgra Foods plant in Sylvester, Ga., which makes Peter Pan as well as Great Value peanut butter, a Wal-Mart brand. The Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers to throw out all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at the plant since May 2006. It can be identified by the product code on the lid, which begins with the numbers 2111.
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