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A sixth case of salmonella linked to Blakely plant

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 16, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A sixth case of salmonella has been confirmed in Georgia in an outbreak that's now traced to a peanut plant in Blakely.

Five people have died in the nationwide outbreak, another 400 sickened. The Food and Drug Administration is now notifying some 30 companies that bought peanut butter or peanut paste from the Blakely plant to test their products. Peanut paste can be used in dozens of products, from baked goods to cooking sauces. Contamination has been found in some peanut butter made at the Blakely plant.

"They're looking at the source at the Blakely plant like they're going through the whole process of how it's made and checking all possible areas for contamination," said Jacqueline Jenkins, Public Health Epidemiologist.

The Georgia Agriculture Commissioner says tests show contamination in some peanut butter manufactured in Blakely , Georgia, but so far it's not yet been confirmed as salmonella.