Kelloggs has announced that it is pulling its Keebler and Austin brands of peanut butter snacks from store shelves due to concerns about salmonella poisoning. According to health authorities in the U.S., at least 410 people residing in 43 states have been affected since September 2008.
The company's move is meant as a precaution, and Kelloggs has stated that is has not received any complaints from the public about its products. The products that have been recalled are Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers.
The source of the salmonella outbreak is thought to be tainted peanut butter supplied by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) to Kelloggs for its Keebler and Austin peanut butter snack products. PCA has recalled peanut butter that the company produced at its plant located in Blakely, Georgia, which is the suspected source of the contamination.