Sunday, January 25, 2009

DCPS pulling peanut butter from the menu

In light of the nationwide recall DCPS is pulling all foodstuff containing peanut butter from school menus.
The D.C. Public Schools also has halted the use of all peanut butter “as a precautionary measure,” said schools spokeswoman Dena Iverson. None of the products involved in the peanut butter-related recalls was used in DCPS kitchens, Iverson said.

The Food and Drug Administration ordered the recall after laboratory testing confirmed that the sources of a salmonella outbreak was peanut putter and peanut paste produced by PCA. The affected products are sold wholesale in large containers, not directly to consumers. But PCA distributed potentially contaminated product to more than 70 firms for use as an ingredient in hundreds of different foods, from cookies to candy to ice cream.

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