6 People Sickened by Peanut Butter Tied to Texas Plant

Staff Report
The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - Six people in Colorado have been sickened by tainted peanut butter, and the cases have been linked to a shuttered Texas plant.

The Oregonian newspaper in Portland reports that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has linked the new cases to the Plainview Peanut Co. in the Texas Panhandle. The Colorado victims were between the ages of 2 and 60. One had to be hospitalized.

The peanut butter came from Lakewood-based Vitamin Cottage. The natural foods chain recalled its Vitamin Cottage Fresh-Ground Peanut butter last week.

The peanut butter came from a plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America.

Authorities say the plant had operated since 2005 without an inspection.