Columbia County schools remove peanut butter from lunch trays

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 10:48 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:58 PM
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Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are no longer on lunch trays in Columbia County schools.

In response to the nationwide scare over Salmonella-tainted products from a Blakely, Ga., plant, Columbia County school nutrition officials temporarily have removed peanut butter from school lunch menus.

School Nutrition Coordinator Dana McCormack said though Columbia County Schools do not use peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, the Baxley, Ga., plant linked to salmonella-tainted products blamed for eight deaths and hundreds of illnesses in 43 states, the staple has been pulled from the menu to avoid public confusion.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which for two years have been available daily as part of the county’s school lunch program, have been replaced on each school’s menu by a “manager’s choice” item, McCormack said.

The self-imposed ban will last through the end of the month, she said. The school system, which has received certification from its supplier, U.S. Food Service, that its peanut butter is safe, will store its peanut butter until then.

Richmond and Aiken county schools say they don't use products from the affected company.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/06/09 - 11:58 am
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I can understand the concern.

I can understand the concern. If it was up to me I'd err on the side of caution.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 02/06/09 - 12:07 pm
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All they are doing is playing

All they are doing is playing a shell game. If it is salmonella-tainted today it will be salmonella-tainted after the end of the month.

Queen4842
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Queen4842 02/06/09 - 12:24 pm
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Not to mention that if they

Not to mention that if they used it any at all then it was tainted then too. I do agree with the need to be careful but come on. You don't buy from the plant involved and your supplier has assurred you they are not involved why did we pull it? Cause some people are confused, too bad. This is why America is so messed up. Too many confused people who do not pay attention or have any common sense apparently.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 02/06/09 - 12:28 pm
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No duh. Appling is in

No duh. Appling is in Georgia. Tell me when a place outside of Georgia pull PB&J sandwiches from lunch menus.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/06/09 - 01:41 pm
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Double duh. Story states

Double duh. Story states that there is no problem with the peanut butter and that is has been pulled only "to avoid public confusion". So if we're ignorant about something, it should be changed? Rubbish!

bone
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bone 02/06/09 - 02:08 pm
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knee-jerk reaction from a

knee-jerk reaction from a knee-jerk reaction BOE. is anyone surprised that CC jumped at the opportunity to promote hysteria?

up2nogood
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up2nogood 02/06/09 - 02:08 pm
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"to avoid public confusion"

"to avoid public confusion" translates "to shutting up whacked-out paranoid parents constantly calling the school office."

katie
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katie 02/06/09 - 02:55 pm
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Hah! that's funny

Hah! that's funny "up2nogood". And my kids are in Col Cty

egan01
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egan01 02/06/09 - 03:13 pm
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How stupid do you have to be

How stupid do you have to be to pull a stunt like this. And they are suppose to be educated people capable of making intellegent decisions.

soldout
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soldout 02/06/09 - 04:49 pm
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For those who know how to

For those who know how to muscle test it is easy to check any foods coming into your home or when eating out. It takes five seconds to do it. If it tests bad then either it is bad or your body will have a negative reaction to it.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/06/09 - 05:47 pm
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Private school is the only

Private school is the only answer; sending your kids to government schools is child abuse.

jaschild
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jaschild 02/06/09 - 08:05 pm
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so the peanut butter was safe

so the peanut butter was safe from jan until feb 6? and this has been in the news for how long?!?!

gabassist
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gabassist 02/06/09 - 09:35 pm
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Soldout - foods tainted with

Soldout - foods tainted with Salmonella do not taste bad, which is why that organism is so insidious. Some bacteria can decompose foods, causing them to become spoiled, but salmonella isn't one of them!

Petunia - as has been stated before, the peanut butter is still safe, but because us public folks tend to confuse realities and complain about alternate realities, the peanut butter was pulled from the lunch menus. It is now safe, it will still be safe once the "scare" is over, and is being stored (not discarded) until they can use it again!

soldout
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soldout 02/06/09 - 10:20 pm
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gabassist you don't musle

gabassist you don't musle test using taste; you use body strength and weakness and it should pick it up without a problem. Just an excellent method.

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Dan White 02/06/09 - 10:40 pm
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No more peanut butter

No more peanut butter cookies? That's one of the best treats that schools make. Nothing like over reacting. Typical bureaucracy. Until the fed says unsafe, serve the peanut butter. It's a cheap meat exchange.

jaschild
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jaschild 02/07/09 - 06:17 am
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i must brush up on my

i must brush up on my sarcasm, gabassist...i was referring to their reaction time and the news that peanut butter in the jar was not affected.

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