NEW JERSEY - At least 23 people from New Jersey have been sickened in the nationwide salmonella outbreak.

The Bergen Record reports Atlantic County has been the hardest hit so far. Marilyn Riley, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, says five cases of the bacterial illness have been reported there.

Over 500 people of all ages have been infected with salmonella in 43 states across the U.S.

More than 500 products have been recalled.

The outbreak, which began in October, was caused by tainted peanut butter and peanut paste made by the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia.