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The majority of those infected in the multi-state outbreak this fall of Salmonella Bredeney in peanut butter have been children under age 10. However, more people would have fallen ill if not for fast action by federal and state public health agencies.

Those actions culminated on Nov. 26, 2012 with FDA's suspension of the food facility registration for Sunland Inc., of Portales, N.M., which produced the peanut butter product linked to the outbreakTrader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt. Sunland will not be able to distribute food from this facility until the suspension is lifted.

Read this Consumer Update to learn more about how federal and state public health agencies came together to track the source of this outbreak and prevent the infections from spreading. There is also a collection of photos of FDA scientists conducting tests on product samples.

 FDA Consumer Updates may be posted and published elsewhere without permission. Please credit "FDA Consumer Health Information" as the source. FDA values feedback on its consumer health information. Send questions, comments or story ideas to: consumerinfo@fda.hhs.gov.

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