Hawaii Residents Claim They Are Victims Of Tainted Peanut Butter

Terri Rose
Terri Rose

NANAKULI (KHNL) - A salmonella outbreak linked to tainted peanut butter on the mainland may have reached our shores. We warned viewers on Thursday about a particular lot of Peter Pan peanut butter. KHNL received numerous calls and e-mails from people saying they got sick from it.

Terri Rose loves her husband Rick. She also loves peanut butter.

"My husband complains in the middle of the night," said the Nanakuli resident. "I'm not the one sneaking ice cream, I'm sneaking peanut butter."

Rose ate a peanut butter sandwich two nights ago, and she says it made her ill.

"The symptoms were sweating, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting," she said.

Rose saw our newscast last night, warning consumers against Peter Pan peanut butter with a product code that begins with #2111.

"We checked our labels and lo and behold we found two empty or nearly empty jars with those serial numbers," she said.

"I was shocked at first and we immediately stopped eating peanut butter," said her husband Rick.

Rose also fed it to her grandsons.

"It's scary and it makes me angry at the same time," she said.

"Rose bought it at the Sack and Save in Nanakuli. She's not the only one saying a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter purchased here made them sick.

Charles Fisher said the same thing happened to him.

"It was enormous pain in my stomach, just like if you tried to drain the water out of a towel," he said. "That's what it felt like inside of me."

The Nanakuli Sack and Save and other stores have pulled jars of Peter Pan peanut butter off the shelves. Despite the ordeal, Fisher said he counts his lucky stars. He's glad none of his sons ate the peanut butter.

"If one of these guys had bitten into it, I don't know what I'd do," said Fisher.

So far, about 300 people in 39 states have become sick from this outbreak. Health officials have pinpointed it to a Georgia plant. The cause of the contamination is under investigation.

About 40,000 Americans get sick from salmonella and about 600 die from it every year.

The FDA has updated their guidelines about the outbreak. They advise the public to throw away any Peter Pan peanut butter purchased since May 2006. Previously, the warning was just jars of Peter Pan peanut butter with lot number # 2111.