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Jeff Almer (left) tells members of a Monday roundtable discussion that his Perham mother died needlessly from contaminated peanut butter. With him is John Hanlin of SuperValu. (scott wente/state capitol bureau)

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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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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