Federal Officials Urge People to Steer Clear of Peanut Butter

By: Meredith Stancik and Associated Press Email
By: Meredith Stancik and Associated Press Email

Federal officials are telling consumers to stay away from peanut butter until they can find the source of a salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak has sickened almost 500 people and killed at least six.

That had local grocery stores clearing their shelves Monday, and one Bryan daycare is taking extra precautions to make sure its kids don't get sick.

At the Sonshine Station in Bryan, food safety is a high priority. Employees keep up to date on recalls to keep these kids healthy.

So when the Food and Drug Administration recently announced a recall involving peanut butter, day care workers listened.

"We have to make sure we're providing the safe things for the kids to eat," Tashia Dickerson with Sonshine Station said.

Luckily for the day care, brand name peanut butters are not expected to be affected. Instead federal officials are urging Americans to stay away from products containing peanut butter--like cakes, candies, crackers and ice cream.

Local grocery stores, like the Appletree in Bryan, have already cleared their shelves of all products that could possibly be tainted.

At Sonshine Station, parents provide the meals and so far have only sent peanut butter sandwiches. The FDA says jarred peanut butter is still fine to eat.

Meanwhile, Kellogg said Monday that federal authorities have confirmed that salmonella has been found in a single package of its peanut butter crackers.

The contamination was discovered in a single package of Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter.

Food companies and retailers have been recalling products with peanut butter in them because of suspicion of contamination.

General Mills says it's recalling two flavors of snack bars: LARABAR Peanut Butter Cookie snack bars and JamFrakas Peanut Butter Blisscrisp snack bars.

Also Monday, Midwestern grocer and retailer Meijer Inc. said it's recalling Meijer brand Cheese and Peanut Butter and Toasty Peanut Butter sandwich crackers, and Peanut Butter and Jelly and Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.

To find out the symptoms of Salmonella, click on the link below.

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