The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised that Americans should not eat cookies, crackers, candy and ice cream that contain peanut butter or peanut paste while the agency works to narrow down which brands of peanut butter are responsible for a Salmonella outbreak.
The Salmonella outbreak has so far caused 6 deaths and nearly 500 hospitalizations.
The warning only applies to products containing peanut butter, and not jarred supermarket peanut butter. It’s believed that commercial peanut butter sold in 5 to 50 pounds tubs to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and commercial producers under the King Nut and Parnell’s Pride label are responsible after a positive test.
Over 85 different companies use the peanut butter, including Kellogs which has recalled products including Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies. A full list of Kellogs products affected is available here.
Supermarkets and suppliers, including Walmart and Costco are pulling affected items from shelves.