Peanut Butter Snack Recall due to Salmonella!

Kim Benjet Health Guide

    Peanut butter crackers have just the right amount of carbohydrate and protein for a quick diabetes snack.  Not to mention they are Josh’s favorite snack.  A nice pre-wrapped six pack of peanut butter crackers provides anywhere from 16 to 20 grams of carbohydrate and the protein and fat slows the absorption making it a great snack.


    But now our favorite packaged food may harbor salmonella.  There is a nationwide peanut butter recall affecting peanut butter snacks.  The focus of the FDA investigation is the voluntary recall by Peanut Butter Corp of America in Blakely, Georgia .  Yesterday the FDA expanded their original January 13th warning. See yesterday's press release here Because identification of products subject to recall is continuing, the FDA urges consumers to postpone eating commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products and institutionally-served peanut butter until further information becomes available about which products may be affected” (bolding is the FDA’s).

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    Kellogg’s recalled a number of peanut butter based snack foods; click here for the recall press release and list of products -- including the Austin and Keebler products with that cute little elf.   McKee foods has followed issuing a recall of Little Debbie  peanut butter toasty snacks see.


    Jar peanut butter is reportedly not involved in the recall, but I plan to buy freshly made peanut butter from the gourmet nut counter at Genardi’s or Whole Foods.  So much for a cheap, easy snacks.   I guess we’ll be making our own peanut butter crackers. I haven’t perfected how to package and wrap our homemade peanut butter crackers because the peanut butter seems to ooze out the sides of our crackers.  Not an ideal car snack, but we’ll figure it out. 


    Here is a link to the Center for Disease Control’s very detailed site about salmonella.  The diarrhea and dehydration can be especially challenging with an autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes.  Think twice about eating peanut products until this outbreak is resolved.


    I’m off to toss all the peanut butter crackers I have stashed in cars, sports bags and ski jackets and replace them with granola bars, for now.

Published On: January 18, 2009