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Peanut butter recalled

By Judith Pannebaker

Grocery chains servicing residents in Bandera, Kendall and Kerr counties have become caught-up in the latest salmonella scare - this one involving peanut butter snack crackers and cookies.

The latest Salmonella outbreak has killed at least six people and caused illness in more than 485 people in 43 states. In addition, 90 people have required hospitalization.

H-E-B has issued a statewide voluntary recall for H-E-Buddy snack packs that are packaged with a peanut butter dip.

The product contains peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, which has been linked to the national salmonella outbreak.

An H-E-B spokesman emphasized the recall is only a precaution and no customers have reported any illnesses. However, H-E-B is taking all necessary precautions, she said.
The affected products are:

• H-E-Buddy Celery w/Peanut Butter - UPC 41220-29701
Expiration Dates - 01/16, 01/17, 01/18, 01/20, 01/21 and 1/22

• H-E-Buddy Apples w/Peanut Butter - UPC 41220-98734  
Expiration Dates - 01/16, 01/18, 01/19, 01/20, 01/21, 01/22, 01/23, 01/25 and 01/26

• H-E-Buddy Snack Tray w/two Dips - UPC 41220-54449
Expiration Dates - 01/16, 01/17, 01/19, 01/21 and 01/22
“We are strongly committed to ensuring the safety of our customers and of the products sold in our stores,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of Public Affairs and Diversity. “The products have been removed from all our stores and will be returned only after deemed completely safe.”

To notify customers of the voluntarily recall, H-E-B has posted signs in its stores and has locked the product code in its computer system to ensure none of the affected products are sold at the register. After being removed completely from stores, the affected products were disposed of safely.

Customers who have purchased a product in question are asked to return it to the nearest H-E-B for a full refund. Customers with questions or concerns should contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-800-432-3113.

Wal-Mart has also initiated voluntary recalls of various products containing peanut butter. The recalled items were sold under the Wal-Mart Bakery brands of peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no-bake cookies, and peanut butter fudge no-bake cookies.

These items also have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The cookies are sold in the in-store bakery sections of only Wal-Mart stores and have a code date of 9200 or less. Products impacted by the recall include:

• Wal-Mart Bakery Peanut Butter Cookie - 12 Count Clear Plastic Container SKU 70897161809

• Wal-Mart Bakery Harvest Peanut Butter Fudge No-Bake - 9-Count Clear Plastic Container SKU 70897190990

• Wal-Mart Bakery Peanut Butter Fudge No-Bake - 9-Count Clear Plastic Container SKU 70897190954

• Wal-Mart Bakery Peanut Butter Fudge No-Bake - 12-Count Clear Plastic Container SKU 70897161843

Consumers who have purchased any Wal-Mart products covered by this recall should return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall should call a toll-free hotline at 1-888-421-4699.
Additionally, a representative from Super S said Little Debby products containing peanut butter and Austin Quality Food Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter had been removed from store shelves at the recommendation of the manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration.

“This was done surely as a precautionary measure,” he said, emphasizing jars of peanut butter had not been included in the recall “just snack crackers.”

The most common cause of food poisoning in the United States, the salmonella bacteria causes diarrhea, nausea, cramping, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever.