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Lawsuit in peanut butter recall filed in county

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Kellie Robinson
The Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY - After the voluntary recall of Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra Foods two most popular peanut butter brands, Peter Pan and Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand peanut butter, on Feb. 14, one of the first lawsuits filed in the courts was from an Ellis County couple.

Waxahachie chiropractor Charles Osborn, his wife and their two young children said they had been suffering from severe gastrointestinal distress for the past few weeks, and in light of the recent recall, said they believed it was the fault of the contaminated peanut butter.

Clay Jenkins, attorney for the Osborns, said the lawsuit has been filed in the District Court of Ellis County.

Osborn was formerly the Democratic Party chairman in Ellis County.

The peanut butter was allegedly the source of a recent salmonella outbreak, linked to products with the code 2111 imprinted on the lids of both brands.

ConAgra has recalled all peanut butter produced in its Sylvester, Ga. plant since May of last year.

ConAgra was offering refunds to those who were in possession of the possibly infected jars.

Those who have unopened jars of peanut butter with code 2111 may return it to the store they bought it from for a full refund of the price, or may send the lid or label of a jar with the code 2111 to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103.

Name and mailing address must be included to receive the full refund.

This outbreak was reported to have infected more than 300 people, though no deaths have been reported.

Salmonella contamination symptoms:
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. In some, the diarrhea may cause dehydration, which may lead to hospitalization.

It is important to see a doctor immediately if you have eaten the affected peanut butter and have any of these symptoms.

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