published Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Chattanooga Bakery recalls some Peanut Butter Crunch products

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    Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., the makers of Moonpie, is located on Manufacturers Road.
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Chattanooga Bakery Inc. is recalling some of its Peanut Butter Crunch products to limit chances of Salmonella illnesses.

The Moonpie maker said Peanut Butter Crunch products sold with best buy dates of Feb. 13, 2013, March 25, 2013 and April 29, 2013 are being recalled because they contain peanut butter from supplier Sunland Inc., which is recalling its product after reporting 29 Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in 18 states. The illnesses were associated with Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, which was produced by Sunland Inc. and used in some Peanut Butter Crunches sold by Chattanooga Bakery.

Customers who have purchased the recalled items are urged not to eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the retailer for a full refund.

The Chattanooga company said the voluntary recall is being made “in an abundance of caution.” Chattanooga Bakery’s Peanut Butter Crunch products (9.6 ounce multipack and 2.4 ounce twin pack) have not been associated with any of the reported illnesses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

No other Chattanooga Bakery, Moonpie or Lookout products are affected by the recall.

The recall was initiated upon learning that Sunland Inc. recalled product produced from May 1 to Sept. 24.

In a statement, FDA said that Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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