Children younger than 10 account for 63 percent of the 30 reported cases, four of which have led to hospitalization.
People infected with Salmonella can see symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people do not need treatment.
Coburn said this strain, known as salmonella bredeney, is very rare.
“The particular strain … is particularly cunning and extremely difficult to really detect,” Coburn said.
Sunland Inc. is working hand-in-hand with the FDA and the CDC in the investigation.
About 75 of the company’s other almond butter and peanut butter products have been recalled in stores nationwide.
The recall is a precautionary measure because the products were all manufactured at the same New Mexico location. None of the other products have been linked to the outbreak.
Julie Henry, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said people can get salmonella from many different places, typically through under-cooked poultry, ground beef and eggs.
“We have salmonella all the time in North Carolina,” she said. “Most of the time, the outbreaks in North Carolina are due to cross-contamination.”
Henry said the last large-scale salmonella outbreak in the state was in Asheville in April, where at least 34 people were infected.
Smiling Hara Tempeh, located in Asheville, recalled its soybean tempeh after it was linked to Asheville’s outbreak, which was caused by cross-contamination.
But Coburn said the Sunland factory’s condition means cross-contamination is likely not a cause in this recent outbreak.
Durham resident Sandy Smith-Nonini said she is concerned about becoming a victim of this outbreak or one in the future.
“I know the corporations respond and take it off the shelves,” Smith-Nonini said. “But I guess the question that lingers in my mind is, you know, when’s the next time — and when will I end up being a victim of this sort of thing?”
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