January 14, 2009

Keebler pulls peanut butter crackers

Kellogg is pulling Austin and Keebler peanut butter crackers off U.S. store shelves while it investigates the source of the peanut filling.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has indicated that peanut butter produced by Peanut Corporation of America is being investigated as a source of a multistate Salmonella outbreak. The company is one of several peanut paste suppliers Kellogg used in Austin and Keebler branded peanut butter sandwich crackers.

The Battle Creek, Mich., company said it has not received any consumer illness complaints about the products but is recalling 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 as a precaution.

Consumer health and safety is our top priority, Kellogg President and Chief Executive Officer David Mackay said Wednesday in a statement. We are taking these voluntary actions out of an abundance of caution.