February 22, 2007
The salmonella outbreak from peanut butter has affected more Virginians than previously thought.
Health officials say six more cases of salmonella have been reported in Virginia. The number of people in the Commonwealth now affected stands at 23.
More than 300 cases of salmonella have been reported across the country from 41 states.
"Given that we have over 7 million people in this state, and to have 23 cases of any illness is really a drop in the bucket. However, we are still concerned, and are interviewing the people that we know have it, and are trying to connect some dots," said Roy Crewz of the Thomas Jefferson Health Department.
The affected jars of Peter Pan and Walmart's Great Value peanut butter were pulled from shelves last week.
If you have a jar of those brands in your home, and it starts with the numbers 2111, health officials say you should throw it out.