Peanut butter crackers are a popular and delicious treat to many. However, it may have been added to the list of foods that can possibly kill you, if a recent peanut butter cracker recall is any clue. Kellogg’s has issued a recall of peanut butter crackers sold under its Austin and Keebler brands, as a nationwide salmonella outbreak has been linked to the product.
Two deaths were reported as part of the salmonella outbreak, which is connected to peanut butter. 430 people in 13 states have been made ill in recent salmonella cases, with at least one death in Minnesota and Idaho. Five total deaths in recent days have been linked to salmonella infection.
Peanut butter was found as a possible link to the outbreak, when it was found that bacteria in an open container of peanut butter in Minnesota had a genetic match to the salmonella strain.
As a result, Kellogg’s had its peanut paste supplier, Peanut Corp. of America, announce a nationwide recall of its peanut butter. The company’s product will be removed from stores until an investigation is completed.
Peanut Corp’s products are distributed to institutions, food service industries and private companies, under the names Parnell’s Pride and King Nut. However, Kellogg’s products that are being recalled are sold directly to consumers.
Austin and Keebler toasted peanut butter sandwich crackers, peanut butter and jelly sandwich crackers, cheese and peanut butter sandwich crackers, and peanut butter-chocolate sandwich crackers under the Kellogg’s name are all being recalled. The move is officially being called a stop-sale order, which isn’t technically as serious.
The official salmonella strain that has caused such a danger is called Salmonella Typhimurium, the most common case in the United States. Beforehand, it would often be found in meat and uncooked eggs.
The food industry is used to meat and other such food being tampered with by some kind of health problem. Last year, even dog food was feared to be dangerous. Peanut butter previously caused a danger when ConAgra recalled peanut butter linked to 625 salmonella incidents in 47 states. This recall takes place just before this current outbreak can reach those numbers.
Washington Post- “Kellogg Halts Sale of Peanut Butter Crackers” www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/15/AR2009011501525.html
Associated Press- “Kellogg pulls crackers after recall by supplier” www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jeLgwCG-FEEYH8KZ7Tt45zOdSIKgD95NB7RG0