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Jeff Almer (left) tells members of a roundtable discussion this week that his Perham mother died needlessly from contaminated peanut butter. With him is John Hanlin of SuperValu. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Son fights for safer foods

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

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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