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Did tainted peanut butter make its way to US soldiers?

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"We just wanted to pack, nutritious, helpful items," says Patricia Lynch of the West Side Soldiers Aide Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

When the group got word the troops were losing weight, they packed 50 boxes full of high protein food.

The boxes included peanut butter crackers and peanut butter granola bars.

Almost a third were those kind of items.

That was before the holidays, and before the salmonella outbreak.

Sam's Club, where the group bought the items in bulk, emailed and called to let them know the products were contaminated, but it was just too late.

"It's really distressing. On top of everything, they're suffering, living in an area without water, electricity, and just really immense hardships. So it really bothered me that they could be sick from what we sent." said Lynch.

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