JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians have not been given potentially contaminated peanut butter products as part of the disaster assistance being delivered by federal and state emergency management agencies following the January ice storm.
Commercial meal kits manufactured by Boca Grande Foods and assembled by Red Cloud Food Services with peanut butter packets were distributed as part of the recovery efforts in neighboring Arkansas and Kentucky. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is assisting with the recall efforts for those products.
Missouri officials said no food products have been requested of the federal government, and a thorough review of meal kits provided to ice storm victims by the State Emergency Agency were not manufactured by Red Cloud Food Services or subject to this recall.
Still, emergency management officials urge caution.
"If there is any doubt about any food item, throw it out," said Tom Hall, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer.
Individuals with concerns over this or any recalled product should address with local health officials and/or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and FDA. More guidance is available at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/update.html#forconsumers. Consumers without internet access can telephone 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for product recall information.
The proximity of some Arkansas and Kentucky media markets to Missouri may lead to some confusion. Residents of bordering communities are urged to be particularly cautious.
FEMA continues to maintain close coordination with states as well as constant vigilance regarding any industry notices to ensure that the agency has not and is not issuing any meals subject to recall.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.