HISD pulls all peanut butter products

January 15, 2009 4:09:00 PM PST
The nationwide salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter is now having an impact on Houston students.When the initial recall of King Nut peanut butter was announced, HISD checked all of its supplies and determined that the district had none of the product.? Additionally, the recall did not affect retail peanut butter brands and posed no danger to our students who bring their lunch.

Now a voluntary recall of peanut butter crackers has been added, which does affect the district and, potentially, students who bring their lunches to school.

One of the brands listed in the recall is in vending machines across the district, so an order was immediately issued to all HISD facilities to shut down the machines until the vendor arrives to remove the products. Since the recall seems to be evolving, HISD is taking the additional precaution of pulling all peanut butter products districtwide, until the safety of the products can be assured.

HISD school cafeterias will also provide entrees to students in exchange for peanut butter crackers and sandwiches brought from home and the district will inform parents of the recall and the action the district is taking through an automated phone message.

This is the second time HISD has been affected by a peanut butter product recall. In February of 2007, after a nationwide recall of salmonella-tainted peanut butter, HISD Food Services replaced thousands of peanut butter sandwiches that children brought from home with safe sandwiches from the school cafeterias. The district also notified parents of that recall through a district wide automated phone message.

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