Late yesterday, Kellogg Co., announced it has taken the precautionary measure of putting a hold on some of its products.
Products include: Austin and Keebler branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers.
Health officials earlier confirmed the deaths of two people in Virginia and one in Minnesota associated with the salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 400 people in 43 states.
Yesterday, health officials in Idaho and Minnesota reported two more deaths, bringing to five the number of people who had salmonella when they died, though their causes of death have not been determined.
Consumer health and safety is our top priority, said David Mackay, president and CEO, Kellogg Company. We are taking these voluntary actions out of an abundance of caution.
The peanut butter contamination comes almost two years after ConAgra recalled its Peter Pan brand peanut butter, which was eventually linked to at least 625 salmonella cases in 47 states.