Little Debbie peanut butter crackers recalled

January 21, 2009 1:09:01 PM PST
The company that sells Little Debbie snacks announced a recall Sunday of peanut butter crackers because of a potential link to a deadly salmonella outbreak. The voluntary recall came one day after the government advised consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods with peanut butter until health officials learn more about the contamination.

The announcement by McKee Foods Corp. of Collegedale, Tenn., about two kinds of Little Debbie products was the latest in a string of voluntary recalls following the most recent guidance by health officials.

McKee said it had not received any complaints about illnesses from people who ate any size peanut butter toasty sandwich crackers or peanut butter cheese sandwich crackers. The recall covers crackers produced on or after July 1.

Officials are focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at a Blakely, Ga., facility owned by Peanut Corp.

of America. Its peanut butter is not sold directly to consumers but distributed to institutions and food companies. But the peanut paste, made from roasted peanuts, is an ingredient in cookies, cakes and other products that people buy in the supermarket.

So far, more than 470 people have gotten sick in 43 states, and at least 90 had to be hospitalized. At least six deaths are being blamed on the outbreak. Salmonella is a bacteria and the most common source of food poisoning in the U.S., causing diarrhea, cramping and fever.

The Kellogg Co., which listed Peanut Corp. as one of its suppliers, has recalled 16 products. McKee said Kellogg manufactured the Little Debbie crackers covered by the recall.

The Kellogg products recalled include Austin and Keebler branded peanut butter sandwich crackers, and some snack-size packs of Famous Amos peanut butter cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle peanut butter cookies.

Late Saturday, the Midwest supermarket chain Hy-Vee Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa, said it was voluntarily recalling products made in its bakery departments with peanut butter because they had the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The recall covered seven states: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Perry's Ice Cream Co., based in Akron, N.Y., said it was recalling select ice cream products containing peanut butter because of the PCA investigation. Its recall covered New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.

Most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe, the Food and Drug Administration said Saturday.

Peanut Corp. has recalled all peanut butter produced at the Georgia plant since Aug. 8 and all peanut paste produced since Sept. 26.

Health officials are focusing on 30 companies out of a total of 85 that received peanut products from the Georgia plant.

Here's a list of products voluntarily recalled by the Kellogg Co. because they could be contaminated with salmonella from a Georgia peanut processing facility:

  • Austin Quality Foods Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter - all sizes
  • Austin Quality Foods Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers - all sizes
  • Austin Quality Foods Mega Stuffed Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter - all sizes
  • Austin Quality Foods PB & J Cracker Sandwiches - all sizes
  • Austin Quality Foods Super Snack Pack Sandwich Crackers
  • Austin Quality Foods Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers - all sizes
  • Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter - all sizes
  • Austin Quality Foods Reduced Fat Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
  • Austin Quality Foods Reduced Fat Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
  • Austin Quality Foods Cookie/Cracker Pack
  • Austin Quality Foods Variety Pack
  • Keebler Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers - all sizes
  • Keebler Toast & PB'n J Flavored Sandwich Crackers - all sizes
  • Keebler Toast & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers - all sizes
  • Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies (2- and 3-ounce)
  • Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies (2.5-ounce) ---
    On the Net:

  • Kellogg: www.kelloggcompany.com
  • FDA: http://tinyurl.com/8srctw


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