FDA: 'Postpone' eating foods containing peanut butter

There was an empty gap Saturday on the shelves of the Marsh grocery store in Brownsburg, Ind., where several varieties of Keebler snack crackers with peanut butter fillings had been removed.

Dan Fredrickson, manager of the Woodman's Food Market in Madison, Wis. says he thought his shelves were empty because his supplier recently stopped shipping the product. But he said in any recall, he said his store acts quickly.

"It's off the shelves as soon as we are notified," Fredrickson says.

In Colorado, managers at several Fort Collins-area King Soopers and Safeway grocery stores said they received the recall notice Thursday and immediately pulled the crackers from their shelves.

Ron Freeman, chief financial officer for Asheville, N.C.-based Ingles markets says all the Keebler and Austin products placed on hold were taken off its shelves on Thursday.

"We pulled them all as soon as realized they were being recalled," he said.

West Des Moines- based Hy-Vee Inc. is holding the products until they receive more information about them.

The firm will "err on the side of caution. When something like this is not easily identified, we like to act in the best interest of our customers," says Chris Friesleben, director of communications.

That extends even to the firm's bakery items, she says." We have peanut butter cookies and other things we bake, and we're not even making those anymore in our bakery plant. We're going to suspend production for awhile."

Grocery stores in Mountain Home, Ark., have pulled the Austin and Keebler brand of peanut butter crackers off there shelves and some stores were offering customer refunds of the products.

"As soon as a recall is issued, we send it out to the stores," says Jim Wieland, director of pricing at Harps and Price Cutter Food Stores at its general office in Springdale, Ark.

For the full Kellogg list, see www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/kellogg201_09.html

For FDA's Frequently Asked Questions list about the outbreak, visit:


Contributing: Jeff Martin, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Greg Latshaw, The Daily Times, Salisbury, Md.; Ben Jones, The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis.; Trevor Hughes, The Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colo.; Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star; Gerald Carroll, Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta; Joanne Bratton, The Baxter Bulletin, Mountain Home, Ark; Ron Barnett, The Greenville News, Greenville, S.C; Jordan Schrader, The Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times.

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