Infectious Disease in Illinois

Salmonella and Peanut Butter

Illinois Summary

The Illinois Department of Public Health is collaborating with local health departments, public health officials from other states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the investigation of an on-going multi-state outbreak of infections caused by Salmonella typhimurium. 

At this time, the FDA, CDC and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste – a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts –that are both distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in commercially produced products, including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream. In addition, PCA peanut butter is distributed to and institutionally served in long-term care facilities and cafeterias. For a list of products and brands associated with the PCA recall, visit the FDA Web site at   

As of March 2, 2009, eleven Illinois residents have been identified with this strain with onset dates between October 4 and February 6. In addition, a resident of another state visiting in Illinois prior to onset has been identified with this strain. The Illinois cases reside in Adams, Fayette, Franklin, Cook, Kendall, Lake, Livingston, Marion, St. Clair, Will and Winnebago counties.

Questions about this outbreak in Illinois?

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Additional information

March 2009

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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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