19 Salmonella Cases Tied to Peanut Butter in N.J.

Nearly 500 sickened nationwide

State health officials say 19 cases of salmonella related to tainted peanut butter have been reported in New Jersey.

Atlantic County has five, the most of any county.

Camden and Ocean counties each reported two cases. Ten other counties had one case.

At least 486 people in more than 40 states have gotten sick since the salmonella outbreak began in the fall. Six have died.

Originally the problem appeared limited to peanut butter shipped in big tubs to institutional customers like nursing homes. But then peanut paste was implicated. Made from ground roasted peanuts, it is used as an ingredient in dozens of other products sold directly to consumers.

More than 125 products have been recalled. Click here to see the list of recalled products.

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