The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging consumers not to consume any of the products that have been recalled due to the peanut salmonella outbreak.

To date, more than 500 cases of foodborne illness caused by salmonella typhimurium have been reported, with many of the cases requiring hospitalisation.

The sources of the outbreak are peanut products from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which has announced a recall of products made at its Georgia facility since 2007.

The FDA is now urging consumers not to eat products that have been recalled or feed them to their pets, and to throw them away "in a manner that prevents others from eating them".

To help consumers identify the recalled products, the FDA has created a database at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm.

The database can be sorted by product category, brand name, UPC code, product description or any combination of brand, UPC code and description.

If a product is not in the FDA's list of recalled products, consumers can check the company's website or call the toll-free number listed on most packaging.