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Peanut Product Recall and Cancer Patients

February 19, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been receiving reports of illnesses caused by a type of bacterium known as Salmonella enterica, strain Typhimurium. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) are sources of the illnesses.  Due to this contamination, all peanut products produced by PCA on or after January 1, 2007 have been recalled.

Because cancer patients with impaired immune systems are more likely to become severely ill from a Salmonella infection than others, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) developed a new Fact Sheet, Peanut Product Recall and Cancer Patients, to address the special concerns of cancer patients and their healthcare providers.

For more additional information about this and other cancer-related topics, please visit the NCI Web site at or call NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).