|For Immediate Release:
January 20, 2009
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Public Health Communications
|Consumers Cautioned to Avoid Sweet Success Frozen Peanut
Butter Cookie Dough
Cookie dough was distributed through schools as a fundraiser
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, is warning consumers not to handle, bake, or eat frozen Peanut Butter Cookie Dough distributed by Sweet Success Fundraising, Inc. of Ontario, CA because of potential contamination with Salmonella. It is recommended that raw dough, and dough that has been thawed or baked should be discarded.
The frozen cookie dough was distributed to school districts in Los Angeles County from December 8, 2008 to January 8, 2009 as part of school fund raising activities by the schools' student bodies. The product, which was packaged in a white, plastic, three-pound tub, was not distributed as part of the school meals program, nor was it distributed directly to consumers through grocery or other retail food stores.
Schools that may have participated in selling the Sweet Success Peanut Butter Cookie Dough include: Fremont Elementary School, Alhambra Unified School District 2001 Elm St, Alhambra, CA 91803 De Anza Elementary School, Baldwin Park Unified School District 12820 E Bess Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706 Edgewood Academy, Bassett Unified School District 14135 Fairgrove Ave, La Puente, CA 91746 Los Robles Academy School, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District 1530 S Ridley Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 93rd Street Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District 330 E 93rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003 Independence Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District 8435 Victoria Ave, South Gate, CA 90280 Walnut Park Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District 2642 Olive St, Huntington Park, CA 90255 Melvin Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District 7770 Melvin Ave, Reseda, CA 91335
Peanut Corporation America voluntarily recalled certain lots of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled peanut butter may have been used as an ingredient in the frozen Peanut Butter Cookie Dough distributed by Sweet Success, after December 8, 2008. The California Department of Public Health is working closely with the State Department of Education on this matter.
These bacteria can cause serious and occasionally fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of infection in otherwise healthy individuals often include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, and abdominal cramps. Consumers with symptoms of salmonella should consult their doctor, and report their illness to Public Health Acute Communicable Disease Control at (213) 240- 7941.
Consumers with questions about the cookie dough should call Sweet Success Fundraising, Inc. at (909) 947-5800.
For more information on Salmonella and ways to avoid it, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/submenus/sub_salmonella. htm.
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