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Girl Scouts: Cookies safe from salmonella

Waterloo (KWWL) -- Go ahead and order - The Girl Scouts say their cookies are not affected by the recent nationwide salmonella outbreak in peanut butter.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois announced Tuesday that none of the eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are part of the current peanut butter recall. Only Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties and Girl Scout Peanut Butter Sandwiches contain peanut butter. Girl Scouts launched its annual Cookie Sale on Friday, January 16.

The local Girl Scouts say their cookie baker, ABC Bakers-Interbake Foods, does not use peanut butter from sources that have been linked to salmonella. While the outbreak has been associated with peanut products produced by Peanut Corp. of America, ABC Bakers-Interbake Foods uses Hampton Farms for peanut butter. Peanut Corp. of America is the only peanut butter manufacturer linked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the salmonella contamination.

The FDA's suggestion that consumers avoid all peanut butter products for the time being reflects the fact that many consumers do not know the source of the peanut butter in the products they consume.

However, ABC Bakers-Interbake Foods has issued a statement assuring volunteers, parents, girls and customers of Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois that the peanut butter used in Girl Scout Cookies currently being sold is not linked to salmonella.

The FDA also has audited ABC Bakers-Interbake Foods' peanut butter supplier, Hampton Farms, in the past week and the audit revealed no issues. Samples taken showed no contamination and the records supported Hampton Farms' reports that they have not shipped to and have not received peanut butter from Peanut Corp. of America.

Consumers who still have concerns may freeze or refrigerate peanut butter cookies they purchase until the FDA has definitely identified the specific products to be avoided. That effort should be completed soon, at which time consumers can enjoy the Girl Scouts' two popular varieties of peanut butter cookies.

Girl Scouts will continue going door to door selling Girl Scout Cookies until Sunday, February 1st and cookie booths will be set up in public areas during March and April for additional cookie sales.

For more information on Girl Scout Cookies, check the Web at or call Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois at 800-798-0833.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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