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Peanut Recall Hotline Ringing Off The Hook

Last updated on Thursday, February 19, 2009

(UNDATED) - The State Health Department says a toll-free telephone number has fielded more than 900 calls in less than 48 hours from people interested in recalled peanut items.

The line was established Monday to help callers worried about the more than 2,200 products that might contain salmonella.

Indiana State Department Of Health Spokeswoman Elizabeth Hart says the phones have been ringing off the hook. She says health department employees have been answering calls in shifts, helping Hoosiers and residents from other states check items in their cupboards and pantries.

The recall of Peanut Corporation Of America products affects items processed at a plant in Georgia since Janary 1st, 2007. Texas health officials ordered the company last week to also recall all products shipped from a Texas plant since March 2005.

The State Health Department says Indiana has had nine confirmed cases linked to the salmonella outbreak.

The toll-free number is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 to 4:45pm at 1-877-499-0017. You can also get information online at fda.gov.

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