Here's my theory.
It was deliberate.
Why kill cats and dogs?
As a test to see how difficult it would be to drop poisons into a food processing plant to kill people. If they can accomplish it with animals, then people won't be as difficult.
This was from Feb. 16 in USA Today, and I haven't heard anything more about the peanut butter salmonella contamination. Has anyone heard any follow-ups about this investiagation?
"For the first time in U.S. history, salmonella has been linked to peanut butter, according to the CDC.
By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY
The source of a dangerous salmonella outbreak took six months to track down in part because the culprit peanut butter took health officials by surprise.
The outbreak has sickened at least 290 people in 39 states since August. It took until this week to identify the source because peanut butter has only once before been linked to the life-threatening disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
ON DEADLINE: Information from the FDA, ConAgra
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday night that jars of Peter Pan and Wal-Mart's Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with the product code "2111" on the lid of the jar could be contaminated with the strain Salmonella Tennessee.
This variety of salmonella is so rare that the CDC normally sees only about 100 cases a year, says Robert Tauxe, chief of the CDC's Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch."
It is an interesting thought, but I don't think it is logical. (Not that terrorists are known for being logical). Why a trial run? If you have the access to drop poison into a human food supply, why not just go ahead and drop it in? Why tip off the infidels (that's us) beforehand by killing a bunch of animals?