Kellogg Company announced a voluntary recall of certain Austin? and Keebler? branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and select snack-size packs of Famous Amos? Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler? Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
No other products are involved in this recall.
On January_14, Kellogg announced a precautionary hold on the sandwich crackers while FDA and other authorities investigated Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), one of Kellogg’s peanut paste suppliers for these crackers.
PCA has expanded their earlier recall to include peanut paste and peanut butter, prompting Kellogg to immediately announce this recall and to include the above- mentioned cookie and cracker products.
“The actions we are taking today are in keeping with our more than 100- year commitment to providing consumers with safe, high-quality products,” said David Mackay, president and CEO, Kellogg Company. “We apologize for this unfortunate situation.”
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy the product. Consumers with questions or who would like a refund may contact the Kellogg Consumer Response Center at 877-869-5633. Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their doctor. Products impacted by the recall were produced on or after July_1, 2008, including:
Austin? Quality Foods Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
Austin? Quality Foods Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers – all
Austin? Quality Foods Mega Stuffed Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter –
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
Austin? Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
Austin? Quality Foods Reduced Fat Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich
Austin? Quality Foods Reduced Fat Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter
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)
Source: Kellogg Company, USA