Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Peanut Butter Off Menus at APS
By Andrea Schoellkopf
Journal Staff Writer
Peanut butter products have been removed from the Albuquerque Public Schools menu, as a result of the national salmonella scare.
APS spokesman Rigo Chavez said a notice was sent to cafeteria managers Tuesday to pull any peanut butter products on the menu, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration.
The government has advised consumers to avoid eating foods containing peanut butter until more is learned about the salmonella contamination, according to The Associated Press. Most peanut butter sold in jars appears to be safe.
Chavez said that the only thing APS now serves with peanut butter is a Smuckers Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly pocket sandwich, which, according to a company news release, is not part of the national recall.
"They decided to pull everything for now," he said.
Chavez said the pockets are usually served as an alternative for students who do not want that day's menu item. He said schools also occasionally have served peanut butter crackers as snacks during testing, which will take place in March and April this year.