Bacteria are tiny one-cell micro-organisms.
They can reproduce inside or outside their hosts.
Their hosts are people, animals and plants.
Like other germs, bacteria don’t make their own food.
There bad bacteria and good bacteria.
Bad bacteria can cause eye infection, cholera, tuberculosis (TB) and others.
A bacteria named Salmonella can caused something like a very bad food poisoning.
They are sometimes found in eggs and peanut butter.
There are very dangerous bacteria named super bugs.
Super-bugs are very difficult to be killed.
Super-bugs are usually found in hospital.
My grandfather was infected by super bugs when he was sick in UKMSC a few years ago.
The doctors said that I cannot visit him at that time because super bugs are even more dangerous to kids.
Good bacteria in our tummy keep us healthy by helping us to use nutrients from the food we eat.
We use good bacteria for making cheese and yoghurt.
Cheese and yoghurt are healthy food.
We also use good bacteria to make medicines and vaccines (vak-seens).
Medicines and vaccines help us to fight germs so that we can be healthy.
There are some peanut butter from the U. S. that can’t be eaten because they carry salmonella.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can make us very sick.
Actually bacteria is a germ.
Salmonella food poisoning gives us diarrhoea, fever and tummy cramp.
Some people died because of salmonella food poisoning.
People use peanut butter to make cookies, ice cream, cake and other food.
Those food can’t be eaten too if they carry salmonella from the peanut butter.
Some schools in the U.S. ban peanut butter.
It means there is no peanut butter in the schools.
Anyway I don’t like peanut butter so I don’t eat peanut butter.
I think if we want to made peanut butter make sure there is no salmonella.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sole source of the U.S. salmonella outbreak involving contaminated peanut butter appears to be the Peanut Corp of America’s Blakely, Georgia processing facility, federal officials said on Wednesday.
More than 125 products including cookies, crackers, ice cream and even some pet food have been recalled in connection with the outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Six deaths may be associated with the outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC said at least 486 people from 43 states and one person in Canada have been reported ill from the outbreak of the Salmonella typhimurium strain, with 107 of them being hospitalized.
Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said Connecticut health authorities tested an unopened container of peanut butter from the PCA’s Blakely plant and discovered the strain linked to the outbreak of illness.
The fact that the unopened container had the strain indicates contamination did not occur after it was shipped from the facility, Sundlof said. Coupled with previous evidence, Sundlof said authorities believe the Blakely plant is the only source of the outbreak.
“That is our assumption at this point. We will continue to follow up on any leads that point us in a different direction,” Sundlof told reporters during a conference call.