HOUSTON -- Houston school officials -- amid a nationwide recall of peanut butter believed tainted with salmonella -- Thursday confiscated children's sandwiches brought from home. Those sandwiches were replaced by ones made at schools.
Federal officials say the salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 288 people in 39 states since August. It's linked to tainted peanut butter produced by Omaha, Nebraska,-based ConAgra Foods at a plant in Sylvester, Georgia.
ConAgra has told consumers to throw away certain jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter linked with the outbreak. Lids of jars produced by ConAgra Foods with a product code beginning "2111" can be returned for a refund.
Officials are still investigating how salmonella got into peanut butter. Most of the cases have been reported in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.