FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 21, 2009
Health Department acts to protect residents from Salmonella
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department is taking steps to protect residents in response to the recent alerts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration warning about possible Salmonella Typhimurium contamination in peanut butter products.
The department’s Food Protection Program is contacting establishments that are likely to carry or serve the products to assure their awareness of the recalls. Food code enforcement inspectors are calling the establishments and making spot checks for the various products. A current list of recalled products is available at http://www.kcmo.org/health. Additional recall information is available at http://www.fda.gov.
The Communicable Disease Prevention Division regularly monitors hospital and laboratory reports for cases of Salmonella and other infectious diseases. At this time, no cases linked to the outbreak have been reported in Kansas City. If a case is reported, the Health Department will work to determine the source of the infection and prevent further infections from that source.
“Many of the steps being taken are behind the scenes,” said Clyde Bolton, deputy director of the Health Department. “It is important that the people of Kansas City know that we are constantly working to protect their health.”
More information on Salmonella Typhimurium is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella.
Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).