DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Jan. 18 Ralcorp Frozen BakeryProducts, Inc. announced that it has taken the precautionary measure ofvoluntarily recalling its Food Lion Bake Shop brand PEANUT BUTTER COOKIESbecause the cookies have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.The recalled cookies contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation ofAmerica which is the subject of an investigation concerning recent Salmonellaoutbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalledcookies. No other type of Food Lion brand cookies are being recalled.
The recalled peanut butter cookies are distributed nationally under theFood Lion cookie brand Bake Shop. The Bake Shop peanut butter cookies are soldin 12 count clear plastic clamshell containers in the in-store bakery sectionsof Food Lion grocery stores. The products will have a lot code of 9200 orless.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatalinfections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others withweakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella oftenexperience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting andabdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result inthe organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnessessuch as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis andarthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov.
The FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that PeanutCorporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning arecent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCAsupplied Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products with the peanut butter it used in therecalled cookies, prompting the voluntary recall.
Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urgedto return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers withquestions or concerns about the recall may call the toll-free hotline at1-888-421-4699. Consumers with questions or concerns about their healthshould contact their doctor.