Salmonella Scare Prevention Tips

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - The U.S. Government is now involved in the salmonella scare that originated at a Blakely, Georgia peanut plant.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control say the next step for this latest outbreak is prevention.

It may be too late with new numbers Wednesday reporting 485 cases and six deaths.

One local doctor familiar with the scare is Dr. Michael Walsh, Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program for the Columbus Regional Healthcare System.

"Nearly all of these deaths are in the very elderly or in the very young, six deaths out of this high of number is not unexpected," Dr. Walsh said.

The most recent salmonella scare has its roots in Georgia. 43 states have now confirmed cases.

Pamela Fair with the Columbus Department of Health outlined a few preventative steps.

"For consumers in prevention of salmonella for this particular recall, the idea is to not eat products containing peanut butter. If you suspect any of your products are under the recall, you need to go ahead and discard those," Fair said.

The CDC adds not all of your peanut products are unsafe.

Peanut butter bought off the shelf at grocery stores is NOT included in any of the recalls.

"The best advice really, I would say, is to follow the CDC's guidelines, and if they are saying container peanut butter is okay, then they would have good reason to give us that advice," Fair said.

Federal officials announced more than 125 products have been recalled due to the CDC's investigation.

The items included cakes, ice cream, even some dog biscuits.

All were made at the Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Georgia.