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    Kellogg Holds Crackers on Salmonella Scare

    Company's supplier, Peanut Corp. of America, is the focus of an FDA investigation concerning a Salmonella outbreak.

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- A peanut butter supplier concern caused Kellogg Co. to put a precautionary hold on its Austin and Keebler Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers; Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers; Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers; and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers.

    The FDA and other regulatory agencies indicated Peanut Corp. of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter, the company reported. PCA is one of several peanut paste suppliers Kellogg uses in its Austin and Keebler peanut butter sandwich crackers.

    Kellogg Co.'s investigation has not indicated any concerns, nor has the company received any consumer illness complaints about these products.

    Nonetheless, Kellogg Co. is taking precautionary measures, including putting a hold on any inventory in its control, removing product from retail store shelves, and encouraging consumers to hold and not eat these products until regulatory officials complete their investigation of PCA and Kellogg provides further information regarding a resolution.

    "Consumer health and safety is our top priority," David Mackay, president and CEO, said in a statement. "We are taking these voluntary actions out of an abundance of caution."

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