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Friday, February 16, 2007

Peanut Butter PSA: salmonella found in some Peter Pan and Great Value brands

In the famous words of The Office’s Jim Halpert, “Congratulations, Universe. You win.”

In trying to be health-conscious, by limiting my carbs and loading my diet with protein, I’ve been using a tablespoon of Peter Pan Reduced Fat Peanut Butter on my Light Whole-Grain toasted English Muffin every morning. For my reward, I may now have salmonella poisoning.

I interrupt your regular blog reading and television viewing to bring you this urgent public service announcement: The FDA warns consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter. These products may contain salmonella. If you have a jar of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with a product code beginning with “2111,” located on the lid, toss it out immediately or return it to the store for a refund.

Poisoned by a jar of peanut butter. I swear, this seems like a devious trick that Jim would play on Dwight. But, sadly, when I look around my office, there’s not a goofy, grinning Halpert anywhere in my vicinity.

I thought, perhaps, that I had contracted a stomach flu the past few days. That would have explained my symptoms and overall feeling of crap-i-ness. (Pun intended.) But, now it seems that salmonella poisoning can cause severe abdominal cramps, fever, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. So, I’m off to the local doc-in-the-box to see if in fact, the peanut butter is the culprit. Wish me luck, or at least the possibility that this all turns out to be some cruel prank.

1 comments:

big tuna said...

Jennifer...hope you're feeling better soon!

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