US health officials have reported two more deaths linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 400 people in 43 states.
This bring the total number of people who had salmonella when they died to five, though their causes of death have not been determined, said the Idaho and Minnesota officials.
Meanwhile, the Kellogg company has asked retail outlets to withdraw its peanut butter sandwich crackers from their shelves until the manufacturer can clarify whether or not the peanut paste is contaminated.
The food maker said that some of its peanut paste comes from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which on Wednesday, issued a voluntarily recall of the peanut butter produced in its Georgia processing facility due to possible contamination by the bacteria.
Kellogg said its crackers are sold under its Austin and Keebler brands and it has urged consumers not to eat the products until regulators have completed an investigation into PCA.