The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday
the number has been inching up as lab tests confirm that new cases
have the same genetic fingerprint as the outbreak strain.
The illnesses have been reported in 43 states.
They may have contributed to the deaths of six people.
The Food and Drug Administration has traced the outbreak to a
Georgia plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America, which makes peanut
butter and peanut paste.
The government says consumers should avoid cookies, cakes and
other foods containing peanut butter pending the results of the
Peanut butter sold in jars to consumers is not included.