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Carlota Mendus of the Minnesota Health Department was one of Minnesota state government professionals who helped crack a national peanut butter salmonella outbreak. Staff photo by Don Davis

Minnesota food detectives solve peanut butter case

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ST. PAUL - Nine dead, three in Minnesota, with 654 sick in 44 states.

It almost sounds like terrorists spreading a deadly disease. Federal, state and local investigative agencies nationwide sprang into action well before numbers rose that high.

There were few clues about why Americans were getting sick and dying.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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