Health department encourages people to call hotline about recalled peanut butter

By Kate Szyszka

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with statewide health departments to remove recalled peanut butter products associated with the nationwide Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak products from grocery stores, says a press release.

Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, is urging consumers without internet to call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). Callers can access the most recent list of recalled peanut butter products associated with the outbreak.

The IDPH is encouraging that everyone keep an eye out for recalled products and alert local health departments and store managers when these products are found. The IDPH also encourages that any consumer who has purchased one of these products throw them away immediately.

There have been six cases of Salmonella Typhimurium in Illinois since the outbreak. The cases were identified in Fayette, Franklin, Lake, St. Clair, Will, and Winnebago counties. One person was hospitalized due to illness. No deaths related to the disease have occurred in Illinois.