Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Peanut Butter Recall - When In Doubt, Check It Out or Throw It Out.

Over 2,000 products are on the FDA List of potentially contaminated items with the Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria. If you are unsure about any food products that contain peanuts or peanut butter, you should check with the FDA Website before consuming.

Taken from the FDA Website -
Update on FDA's Investigation:

A joint investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the ongoing outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Typhimurium, identified peanut butter and peanut paste made at a peanut-processing plant in Blakely, Georgia, as sources of the outbreak. The plant is owned and operated by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). In response to the outbreak and accompanying investigation showing violations of FDA requirements, PCA has recalled a number of ingredients from the market.

This is an ingredient-driven outbreak; that is, potentially contaminated ingredients affected many different products that were distributed through various channels and consumed in various settings. The recalled products made by PCA, such as peanut butter and peanut paste, are common ingredients in cookies, crackers, cereal, candy, ice cream, pet treats, and other foods. Consumers are advised to discard and not eat products that have been recalled. To help consumers identify affected products, FDA has initiated a searchable database of recalled products that is updated daily or as additional recalls are identified. To date, more than 2,100 products in 17 categories have been voluntarily recalled by more than 200 companies, and the list continues to grow.

In January, the recall list was expanded to include some pet-food products that contain peanut paste made by PCA. Salmonella can affect animals, and humans who handle contaminated pet-food products also are at risk. It is important for people to wash their hands – and to make sure children wash their hands – with hot water and soap before and, especially, after handling pet-food products and utensils. More information for consumers is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site. The recalled pet food products are also included in the searchable database of recalled products.

The large number of products and brands recalled already, and the large quantities of some products recalled, makes this one of the largest food recalls ever in the United States.

Major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores have not been among the products recalled.

Affected Products at Baskets by Bonnie
We were lucky to have used just 2 products that have been recalled. These products are Austin Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and Kashi Granola Bars.

We have contacted any recent customers that have received a basket with these items, however if you have any questions or concerns please give us a call.

Category: Cracker
Brand Name: Austin Quality Foods
Product Descriptions: Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter
Recalling Firm: Kellogg Company
Size: All
Lot Numbers: All
Stock Numbers:
Product Code:
Label: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/photos/kellogg01_09.html

Category: Snack Bar
Brand Name: Kashi TLC
Product Description: Chewy Granola Bars in Trail Mix and Honey Almond Flax varieties "Best if Used Before" SEP 19 2009
Recalling Firm: Kashi
Size: 7.4-ounch box
Lot Numbers:
Stock Numbers:
Product Code: 1862703000, 1862703001, 1862723959, 1862728409, 1862731567

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chocolate Fix - the No-Cal Dessert!

Chocolate Fix

"A Mouth-Watering Game of Logic"

We added this puzzle to our inventory a few months back and love it! If you like puzzles similar to Sudoku and have a sweet tooth, you'll love Chocolate Fix.
• 4 Levels of Play, Beginner to Expert
• 40 Mind Challenge Cards™ with Solutions
• 9 Chocolate Pieces (Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Raspberry)

Click Here to Buy

We also have a link so that you can try this game online for FREE.

Click Here to Try

We do need to warn you that you may find this game just as addicting as a box of fine chocolates!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What Makes It All Worthwhile!

Not every basket is for a joyous occasion. Sometimes our job is to deliver a message of comfort . We go the "extra mile" when friends and family can't be there in person to convey the right sentiment.

While we don't accept gratuities we appreciate notes of gratitude. The following email I received yesterday really made my day:

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! My husband and I are both very pleased with what you put together. It is difficult to express how truly grateful I am to know that from hundreds of miles away we were able to send the family this small piece of comfort during this difficult time. Without your help and attention to detail it would have been impossible.

Tia & Tony D
Thank you Tia for letting us know how our service rated!