Salmonella prompts peanut butter recall

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio distributor says it has recalled two brands of its peanut butter from nine states after an open container tested positive for salmonella bacteria.

Affected peanut butter shipped to Arizona

There was no immediate indication whether the brands were linked to a national salmonella outbreak.

King Nut Companies says it has asked customers to stop distributing all peanut butter under its King Nut and Parnell's Pride brands with a lot code that begins with the numeral "8."

The brands are distributed only through food service providers and are not sold directly to consumers.

The company sells the peanut butter to distributors in Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, Idaho, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Florida.

Preliminary laboratory testing found salmonella bacteria in a 5-pound container of King Nut brand creamy peanut butter.

The Minnesota tests had not linked it to the type of salmonella in the outbreak that has sickened almost 400 people in 42 states, but the department said additional results are expected early next week.

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