DOE PLACES MORATORIUM ON PEANUT-BASED PRODUCTS

February 17, 2009, 2:32 PM HST · Updated February 17, 6:55 PM
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(Posted by Wendy OSHER)

Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto directed all schools to discontinue ordering and using peanut-based products on school campuses until further notice.

“In light of the growing list of peanut-based recalled items by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the moratorium on peanut-based products in Hawaii’s public schools is an extra safety precaution,” said Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto.

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While Hawaii public school breakfast and lunch cycle menus have not included peanut-based products for over two years, peanut-based products may have been purchased as part of a school-based snack or food service program.

As a precautionary measure, Hawaii public school cafeteria managers were directed to conduct a review of food inventories. No products listed on the FDA’s recall list were found on cafeteria shelves.

According to the State Department of Health (DOH), none of the three known Hawaii cases of Salmonella Typhimurium that are linked with the nationwide outbreak has had a verifiable exposure to any of the peanut products identified on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recall list.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s investigation has traced the nationwide outbreak of salmonella sicknesses and deaths to Peanut Corporation of America. A list of recalled products is available from the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html#recalls.

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