The Latest on the Peanut Butter Recall

The peanut butter recall has been all over the news the past couple of days.  With the amount of information coming at us at such a fast pace, it can be confusing and overwhelming.  Here is a summary of the information we have so far:

 

The Salmonella outbreak is tied to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) which manufactures and supplies peanut butter to many food companies and manufacturers. 

 

Many companies are voluntarily recalling their products that contain peanut butter.  This is mostly being done as a precaution until health officals learn more about the contamination.  Kellogg has voluntarily recalled the following products:

 

  • 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)

In addition, companies such as Little Debbie, Starbucks and Luna Bar and many others have pulled products even though their ingredients were not supplied by the PCA.

 

The good news is that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has just come out stating that the number of cases are declining and that they feel the worst if over.  However, do use common sense and if you are not sure about a product recall, you can always do an Internet search.

 

Here are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning.  Of course, if you believe anyone in your family has been affected, call your doctor immediately.

 

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Headaches

  • Stomach cramps

  • Fever

  • Nausea and vomiting 

  • Possibly, blood in the feces.

 

 

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  1. Something else to consider – salmonella, while a miserable experience and potentially deadly to a select portion of the population – is not generally that serious an illness. I have a CDC report around here someplace that points out that not only are salmonella and other forms of food-bourne illness far more common than previously thought, they’re also not nearly as dangerous. This as part of my research on poisons for a book I co-wrote (Howdunit: Book of Poisons, Writers Digest Press), in addition to some reporting I did on an outbreak of e-coli a couple years ago.
    We do need to keep track of it because it can kill the very young, the very old and those with suppressed immune systems. But the worst the vast majority of us are going to have to deal with (assuming we even get it – not a guarantee even after eating a tainted food) is a long night calling Ralph on the Big White Phone.
    Granted, this latest outbreak is of some concern because so many kids eat a lot of peanut butter. And it is small comfort when your kid is the one of the few death stats. But, please, can we do something to reduce the hysteria and panic?

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