Kellogg Company Recalls Peanut Butter Products

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Kellogg Company today announced a voluntary recall of certain Austin and Keebler branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and select snack-size packs of Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other products are involved in this recall.

On January 14, Kellogg announced a precautionary hold on the sandwich crackers while FDA and other authorities investigated Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), one of Kellogg's peanut paste suppliers for these crackers. PCA has expanded their earlier recall to include peanut paste and peanut butter, prompting Kellogg to immediately announce this recall and to include the above- mentioned cookie and cracker products.

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"The actions we are taking today are in keeping with our more than 100-year commitment to providing consumers with safe, high-quality products," said David Mackay, president and CEO, Kellogg Company. "We apologize for this unfortunate situation."

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Products impacted by the recall were produced on or after July 1, 2008, including:

* Austin Quality Foods Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter - all sizes
* Austin Quality Foods Cheese & Peanut ButterSandwich Crackers – all sizes
* Austin Quality Foods Mega Stuffed Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
* Austin Quality Foods PB & J Cracker Sandwiches – all sizes
* Austin Quality FoodsSuper Snack Pack Sandwich Crackers
* Austin Quality Foods Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
* Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
* Austin Quality Foods Reduced Fat Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
* Austin Quality Foods Reduced Fat Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
* Austin Quality FoodsCookie/Cracker Pack
* Austin Quality FoodsVariety Pack
* Keebler Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
* Keebler Toast & PB'n J Flavored Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
* Keebler Toast & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
* Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies (2- and 3-ounce)
* Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies (2.5-ounce)

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