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

Perham woman's death prompts food safety debate

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Don Davis

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

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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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