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Contact: Ayodele Hippolyte

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.

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