Local School Districts Not Serving Bad Peanut Butter

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sacramento area school districts are reacting to a recall of peanut butter contaminated with salmonella. 

Capital Public Radio’s Steve Shadley reports…

The bad peanut butter was produced at a plant in Atlanta…and it’s killed at least six people and made nearly 500 others seriously ill nationwide. 
The FDA says schools, food companies and supermarkets are no longer serving or selling products that contain the peanut butter made by the “King Nut Company” and “Parnell’s Pride” of Georgia.
And…there’s now another recall involving contaminated peanut butter cookie dough in California. 
But Davis joint unified school district nutrition director Rafaelita Curva…says its not a concern in Davis because her district only serves peanut butter provided by the federal commodity program. 
“therefore the USDA has not delivered those products to our school.  However, there is a possibility that these particular products have been purchased in our schools as a fundraising item…”
Maria Lopez with the Sacramento City Unified School District, says peanut butter isn’t a problem in Sacramento school cafeterias… 
“we have a number of children that are allergic to peanuts and peanut butter so we stopped serving those products a long time ago…” 
Health officials say salmonella poisoning can be especially harmful to kids or the elderly and its symptoms include fever, stomach cramps and vomiting.