Monday, January 19, 2009 – The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS)
wishes to advise consumers of a warning put out by Kellogg Company regarding its
Austin and Keebler branded peanut butter sandwich crackers. The company is
putting what it calls a “precautionary 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. The Kellogg Company is asking retailers to
remove these products from the shelves and advising consumers not to eat these
products until further notice.
The Kellogg Company is taking this precaution due to an investigation by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, of the Peanut Corporation of America
(PCA) concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak which may have been caused by
tainted peanut butter. The PCA is one of the Kellogg Company’s suppliers of
peanut paste which it uses in its products. It must be highlighted that the
company has done its own investigation and has not found any problems nor has it
received any reports of consumer illness or complaints. However, until the FDA
and other regulatory agencies have completed their own investigation, the
Kellogg Company is taking this precautionary measure of removing the products
from the shelves and asking consumers not to eat these products.
The SLBS has already informed local retailers of the Kellogg Company’s
precautionary measures regarding these products and it is also advising
consumers not to purchase these products or to continue to eat them if they
already have them at home. For further information, contact the SLBS at (758)
453-0049 or (758)456-0546/0102.