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January 19, 2009

Now it's getting serious: Little Debbie Peanut Butter Crackers Recall


I've been reading about the widening recall of peanut butter-containing products with mild interest — until this morning, when I saw the following item in today's New York Times.

Little Debbie Crackers Join List of Peanut Butter Recalls

The company that sells Little Debbie snacks announced a recall on Sunday of peanut butter crackers because of a potential link to a deadly salmonella outbreak.

The voluntary recall came one day after the government advised consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods with peanut butter until health officials learn more about the contamination.

The announcement by the company, the McKee Foods Corporation of Collegedale, Tenn., about two kinds of Little Debbie products was another in a string of voluntary recalls after the most recent guidance by health officials.

The South Bend Chocolate Company in Indiana said Sunday that it, too, was recalling various candies containing peanut butter from the Peanut Corporation of America, which is at the center of the inquiry into the outbreak.

In suburban Chicago, Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products recalled several brands of peanut butter cookies it sells through Wal-Mart stores.

McKee said it had not received any complaints about illnesses from people who ate any size peanut butter toasty sandwich crackers or peanut butter cheese sandwich crackers. The recall covers crackers produced on or after July 1.

Officials are focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at a Blakely, Ga., facility owned by the Peanut Corporation. Its peanut butter is not sold directly to consumers but distributed to institutions and food companies.

The peanut paste, however, is an ingredient in cookies, cakes and other products that people buy in the supermarket.

The outbreak is blamed for at least six deaths. More than 470 people have been sickened in 43 states, and at least 90 had to be hospitalized.

The Kellogg Company, which listed the Peanut Corporation as one of its suppliers, has recalled 16 products. McKee said Kellogg manufactured the Little Debbie crackers covered by the recall.

Most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe, the Food and Drug Administration said Saturday.


You can mess around with a lot of things and I won't say a word — but I draw the line when it comes to my Little Debbie Peanut Butter Crackers.

They've comforted me during many a long and sleepless night on call over the years, and I'm not about to give them up without a protest.


You must be joking.

January 19, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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Excellent suggestion, Miles. And who is this "Utz" person, or business, anyway? Never heard of it. I come from Jawjuh, the LAND of peanuts ('member Jimmuh Cartuh, anybody?), and I know a peanut when I see/taste/smell one, and I say Lance crax are perfectly edible. I have to be honest and confess that I have never eaten a Little Debbie peanut butter cracker, but if her other "snacks" (excepting the ginger bread cookies -- they're amazingly okay) are anything to go by, I would be wildly dissatisfied. That doesn't mean I wouldn't eat them, though. A bad peanut butter cracker is better than the worst Ding-Dong or Ho-Ho or Snowball -- wait, that's Hostess, isn't it... Well, whatever.

Posted by: Flautnut Butter | Jan 19, 2009 1:37:22 PM

Can't you just make yourself some? Buy crackers and process up some raw peanuts and voilá! I will bet you anything that they taste better than little debbie's. I've never had one of these by the way. Something else to chalk up to my deprived palate list Bev. ;-)

Posted by: Questioning Miles | Jan 19, 2009 12:59:18 PM

Get some Lance In Your Pants:

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 19, 2009 12:27:36 PM

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