Kellogg issues warning on peanut butter crackers

January 15, 2009

Kellogg Co. has announced that it is recommending that consumers not eat its peanut butter crackers because they may be tainted with Salmonella. It is putting a hold on 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. This is a result of the Food and Drug Administration indicating that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCA is one of several peanut paste suppliers that the company uses in its Austin and Keebler branded peanut butter sandwich crackers.

Kellogg's investigation has not indicated any concerns, nor has the company received any consumer illness complaints about these products. Nonetheless, Kellogg Company is taking precautionary measures including putting a hold on any inventory in its control, removing product from retail store shelves, and encouraging customers and consumers to hold and not eat these products until regulatory officials complete their investigation of PCA.

“Consumer health and safety is our top priority," said David Mackay, President and CEO, Kellogg Co. “We are taking these voluntary actions out of an abundance of caution.”

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