It's a staple we probably all have in our kitchen cabinets. But now peanut butter is making hundreds of people sick across the country and here at home.
Peanut butter is one of Nineka Marinelli favorite foods. Her two-year old son loves it too, that is until Marinelli learned she had a recalled and potentially poisonous jar in her kitchen.
"My husband was like well I'll check, you know what are the odds and sure enough we were like 2-1-1-1, and I was like oh my gosh," says Marinelli.
2111, that's the start of the recalled serial number we need to check for on all jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter, because it could contain salmonella.
Last week Marinelli's son went through the typical symptoms of salmonella poisoning.
"We were just like riding in the car, he'd get sick, he'd start vomiting, he was running high fevers, I called the doctor, you know, viral infections going around so we just kinda did home remedies and it's just now starting to go away," says Marinelli.
Marinelli plans to take her son to the doctor tomorrow to make sure he's OK, and get herself checked. She's now running a fever.
In the meantime she's left wondering why outbreaks from ecoli in our spinach to salmonella in our peanut butter keep popping up.
"They're just not cleaning the tools that are making our food, I don't know but it scares me. Like I said, with peanut butter, spinach, what's next? We can't drink our own milk or water, or anything anymore."
At least three more Rockford families called WIFR Thursday to report they had the recalled jars. One young girl headed to a clinic to be tested for salmonella.
About 300 cases have been reported in 39 states since August. At least twenty percent of those cases had to be hospitalized, no deaths have been reported..
If you find you have a recalled jar you have a couple options. You can take it back to the store where you bought it for a refund.
You can also send peanut butter lids with the recalled number and your name and address to the manufactuer: ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7078.
For more information on the recall call the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 866-344-6970.
Remember the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain, headaches and dizziness.
The recall applies only to Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter, with a serial number that starts with 2111.