Cafeteria stops selling some peanut products after mass government recall

By Emily Wallach

The school’s cafeteria halted the sale of LUNA bars and peanut butter Balance Bars after the government recalled more than 1,300 peanut products in January for traces of salmonella.

Products in the recall, as listed by the Food and Drug Administration, contain peanuts, peanut butter and peanut paste.

According to the head of FDA’s food safety center, Stephen Sundlof, most peanut butter sold in jars seems to be safe, said

“We get our peanut butter from a big container,” cafeteria employee Phairot Janthep said.

The cafeteria offers plain peanut butter in sandwiches and cups for dipping snacks.

They also offer a variety of trail mixes, cookies, candies and energy bars; however, these peanut products are exempt from the recall.

LUNA bars were sold in the cafeteria prior to the outbreak, but have since been unavailable for purchase as two flavors, Nutz Over Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie are on the government’s recall lists. Peanut butter Balance Bars have also been removed.

“We stopped buying LUNA bars and peanut products after the recall. All products out [for sale] are okay,” Janthep said.

Eight deaths and 575 illnesses were blamed on the salmonella outbreak caused by a string of bacteria called typhimurium, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.