Nursing Home Residents Allegedly Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Products

Three nursing home residents were sickened with salmonella bacteria related to tainted peanut butter products. Health officials said the infections occurred in December, and the department was working with the nursing homes to make sure recalled products were not being served.

The salmonella outbreak, linked to a Georgia processing plant, has sickened more than 500 people in 43 states.

The department of health reported that two open containers of King Nut peanut butter from a nursing home tested positive for salmonella. King Nut Company distributed peanut butter processed at the Georgia plant of Peanut Corporation of American, which is based in Lynchburg, Virginia.

More than 400 kinds of cakes, crackers, cookies, ice cream and pet food containing peanut butter or peanut paste have been recalled. For more information on this, please read the article.

If you or a loved one resides in a nursing home or assisted living facility and is dependent on that facility to provide him or her food, then you need to be proactive when you hear about food recalls. Do not be shy about talking with the nursing home administrator and the food services supervisor to make sure that none of the recalled products are being served.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.