Kellogg: Don't Eat Peanut Butter Crackers
Because of Salmonella Investigation, Kellogg Company Puts a Precautionary Hold on Austin and Keebler Brand Peanut Butter Crackers
Jan. 15, 2009 -- The Kellogg Company is telling people not to eat Austin and
Keebler brand peanut butter crackers, pending the results of an investigation
salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter.
The Kellogg Company has put a "precautionary hold" on its Austin and
Keebler brands of Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut
Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers.
Kellogg hasn't received any complaints or reports of illness related to
those products. But the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the focus
of an investigation of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 434
people in 43 states, is one of Kellogg's peanut butter suppliers.
Kellogg is taking its peanut butter crackers off store shelves and
encouraging consumers to "hold and not eat these products until regulatory
officials complete their investigation of PCA and Kellogg provides further
information as to the resolution of this issue," a Kellogg news release
Kellogg says that although no additional consumer action is necessary at
this time, consumers who have questions or would like a product refund can call
the Kellogg Consumer Response Center at 888-314-2060.
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to 5 Deaths
Health officials are saying that
the salmonella outbreak may have contributed to five deaths. Two of those
deaths were in Virginia, two in Minnesota, and one in Idaho.
The states with the highest number
of cases are California (57), Ohio (57), Massachusetts (40), Minnesota (33),
and Michigan (20).
States not included in the
outbreak are Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, and
Symptoms of salmonella infection
are diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps beginning 12 hours to 72 hours after
infection. Illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover
without treatment, but severe infection may occur when salmonella bacteria
spread from the intestines into the bloodstream. Without antibiotic treatment,
such cases can result in death.