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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Peanut Butter Products
Date:1/17/2009

Agency advises against everything but jars of peanut butter as salmonella probe widens; Kellog recalls Famous Amos and Keebler peanut butter cookies; toll at 453 sickened, 6 dead, in 43 states and Canada

SATURDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday warned consumers not to eat peanut butter products containing peanut butter or peanut butter paste, as the investigation into the widespread salmonella outbreak continues.

The health warning focused on products made with peanut butter, like crackers, not jars of peanut butter on store shelves, the agency said.

"We are urging people not to eat products that have peanut butter until we have better information and they can make an informed choice," Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said at a Saturday teleconference, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Meanwhile, cereal giant Kellogg recalled 16 products containing peanut butter late Friday.

And the toll from the outbreak climbed to 453 people sickened in 43 states and Canada, with six deaths.

Kellogg's recall included Keebler cheese and peanut butter sandwich crackers and Keebler and Famous Amos peanut butter cookies.

The company had asked stores on Wednesday to stop selling its popular Keebler and Austin brand peanut butter crackers while it investigated any possible salmonella connection.

Friday's formal recall took the company's action one step further.

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

Kellogg's recall also followed a request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for salmonella testing by food companies around the
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