Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2009

Food pantry watchful after peanut recalls

February 19, 2009

Though Donna Freeland, who organizes the Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry just had to throw away some crackers with peanut butter, she said the recalls of peanut products associated with a salmonella outbreak have not hurt the food pantry’s supplies

“We were vary fortunate at Christmas time because a lot of people donated,” Freeland said. “Then at the end of March, the Boy Scouts will do their food drive, and that will help us, too.”

A report released Jan. 29 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 529 people from 43 states have been infected with salmonella as a result of eating peanut butter. There were just two cases in the state of Kansas.

The products being recalled are not limited just to peanut butter, but range from products such as brownie mixes to pet foods.

The recalls have caused Freeland and the staff at the food pantry to err on the side of caution when receiving donated food products.

“If there’s anything we think could be a risk or a problem, we throw it away immediately,” she said.

Though Freeland was pleased with the pantry’s supplies right now, she said there can never be enough.

“We can always use food,” she said.

The food pantry is located in the basement of St. Paul United Church of Christ, 738 Church St. Its hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, or by appointment.

Those in need are given two bags of food every two weeks and are allowed a $25 voucher for food every two months.

Visit www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm for a list of peanut products that have been recalled.

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