Some rush to declare snacks salmonella-safe
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Girl Scout cookies, Nutter Butter cookies are OK, food makers say
By JoNel Aleccia
Go ahead and order the Girl Scout cookies, even the Do-Si-Dos. And don’t worry about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Nutter Butter cookies, either.
That’s the word from Girls Scouts of the
“We’re getting lots of calls,” said Michelle L. Tompkins, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts USA.
Neither of the two bakeries that produce 200
million boxes of Girl Scout cookies a year uses products from the Blakey,
So far, peanut butter and peanut paste products
from the Peanut Corp. of
The items have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 485 people in 43 states and contributed to at least six deaths, federal officials said.
As the list of recalled products grows daily, even hourly, producers of other peanut butter-based sweets and other products have rushed to distance themselves from the concern.
“All Hershey and Reese’s candies are safe to consume,” officials from the candy maker said in a statement on their Web site.
For many firms, it's a necessary step to
retain consumer confidence, said Nancy M. Childs, a professor of food
"They're fighting the impression that consumers will boycott all peanut butter products," she said.
Recalled products posted on
One firm in particular was quick to declare its products were safe. ConAgra Foods Inc., maker of Peter Pan peanut butter, said it was not involved in the investigation and neither the Omaha, Neb.-based company nor its suppliers use ingredients from Peanut Corp.
Peter Pan and other peanut butter produced by
ConAgra were linked in 2007 to a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than
625 people in 47 states. The company traced the contamination to a leaky
roof and faulty sprinkler head at its
Kraft Foods, the
world's second largest food manufacturer, which makes Nabisco snacks
including Nutter Butter cookies, is not recalling any products, the company
said. “Neither we nor our suppliers purchase peanut butter or paste from PCA
for any of our products, including those sold in the
· Russell Stover Candies Inc., maker of Russell Stover and Whitman’s, said Monday it does not use ingredients from Peanut Corp.
· On its Web site, Quaker Oats, a division of PepsiCo, reported that none of its granola bars or snacks is involved in the peanut recall.
· Sport protein bar company PowerBar, a division of Nestle, said Wednesday it does not buy or source peanut-based ingredients from Peanut Corp.
timing of the salmonella outbreak and subsequent recalls is unfortunate for
the Girl Scouts, which are beginning now to launch two-thirds of the cookie
sales that generate about $700 million a year for the treat-peddling
organization. The cookies are baked at ABC Bakers, part of Interbake Foods in
Will people suspicious of peanut butter products stop buying Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos?
“We hope not,” said Tompkins. “We’re optimistic, but it’s too soon to tell.”
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