As salmonella sicknesses attributed to a salmonella outbreak mount across the U.S., Kellogg’s Company has issued a press release stating that it has put a hold and recall on its Keebler and Austin branded peanut butter cracker products. According to the press release, this hold is being done as a precautionary measure because Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of the investigation into the salmonella outbreak that has affected 430 people in 43 states. Kellogg’s Company stresses there have been no consumer complaints of illness attributed to their peanut butter cracker products, but are asking consumers to hold their products until the outcome of the investigation into PCA has been determined since PCA is a supplier of peanut paste used in manufacturing their cracker products. Kellogg’s is also voluntarily recalling certain peanut butter cracker snacks from store shelves.
Which Keebler and Austin products are included in the peanut butter cracker recall
The Kellogg’s Company press release lists “Austin® and Keebler® branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers” as being on hold, meaning that Kellogg’s will hold the inventory of these products not yet shipped, and will voluntarily have the products removed from store shelves pending the outcome of the investigation into PCA as the cause of the salmonella outbreak. Consumers that may have these products in their pantry are advised to hold and not eat them pending the investigation. Jittery consumers may call Kellogg’s to request a refund by calling the Kellogg’s Consumer Response Center at 1-888-314-2060. A link to the full text of the Kellogg’s press release can be found in the sources listed below.
King Nut Peanut Butter recall earlier this week
PCA, who produces the Parnell’s Pride and King Nut brands, voluntarily issued a recall for King Nut Peanut Butter products on January 13, a copy of that notice can be found on the FDA website and is sourced below. A King Nut Peanut Butter canister located in a long-term care facility in Minnesota was found to have contained salmonella genetically identical to the strain causing the salmonella outbreak. The King Nut brand is not available to the average consumer, as it mainly supplies institutions. PCA’s recall notice states that it was a voluntary recall was done preemptively based on public safety concerns. Affected customers who may have purchased the product from PCA are being notified via telephone and also in writing.
Kellogg’s press release: http://kelloggs.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=230