UPDATED:Dirty jars and equipment...government officials say that may be the cause to the salmonella outbreak in batches of peanut butter.
Investigators continue at this hour going through one of the nation's largest peanut butter plants.
The ConAgra Foods plant has been shut down since Wednesday.
The Food and Drug Administration says the outbreak began last summer and was just recently traced to peanut butter made at a single ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Georgia. The spread being
recalled was sold under the Peter Pan and Great Value brands.
The only jars affected have a product code beginning with the number "2111'' on the lid.
It's believed to be the first salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter in U-S history.
Federal health officials say, since August, the outbreak has grown slowly to nearly 300 cases in 39 states. About 20 percent of those infected had to be hospitalized. All survived.
The largest number of cases were reported in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.
The F-D-A that Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.
If you have questions or concerns call the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 866-344-6970
To get a refund, consumers should send lids and their names and
addresses to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7078.
Just one day after the recall, a lawsuit is filed against ConAgra...
And it alleges two Texas children got sick after eating Peter Pan brand peanut butter.
The man who filed the suit says his children, a two-year-old and a five-year-old, had high fevers, cramps, diarrhea and vomiting after eating the peanut butter.
The girls were reportedly sick for several days in January and February.