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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar makes a point Monday during a discussion about food-born illnesses while Jeff Almer watches. Almer's Perham mother died after eating contaminated peanut butter. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Salmonella outbreak: Sons fight for safer food

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ST. PAUL - Jeff Almer wants his mother's death to mean something.

Shirley Almer of Perham died Dec. 21 from salmonella poisoning blamed on contaminated peanut butter. It was the first of at least nine U.S. deaths, including three in Minnesota, attributed to the deadly organism from a Georgia peanut butter factory.

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