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CA Department of Education: Destroy tainted peanut butter headed to Southland schools, churches & food banks

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Dozens of California schools used peanut butter from a New Mexico peanut manufacturer linked to a salmonella outbreak. State education officials are telling schools to destroy peanut butter made by Sunland Incorporated. In all, 144 school districts, churches, and other nonprofits in Central and Southern California received shipments of peanut butter purchased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the the National School Lunch and Commodity Supplemental Food Programs.

State education officials told the school districts and other agencies to take an inventory of the peanut butter and destroy it.

School districts in Paramount, Coachella Valley, San Gabriel, Redlands, and Compton received from 12 to 200 cases each of peanut butter made at Sunland’s Portales, New Mexico plant. State education officials say they know of no students eating the peanut butter and getting sick. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least five people in California have reported salmonella infections. Across the country, 35 people – mostly children – in 19 states were infected. No deaths have been reported.

CDC is providing frequent online updates of the salmonella outbreak.