Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jimmy's Cookies Issues Nationwide Recall of Various Peanut Butter Cookies Due to Possible Health Risk

Jimmy's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Inc. of Fair Lawn, NJ is recalling Jimmy's Cookies and One Smart Cookie Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk cookies in retail pack sizes 4 oz, 12.5 oz, and 18 oz. and cookie dough in 15 lb, 20 lb and 25 lb foodservice pack sizes with pack dates 12/4/08 - 1/14/09. These cookies were made with peanut butter purchased from Peanut Corporation of America which has been identified as a source of several salmonella outbreaks in recent weeks.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Jimmy's Cookies and One Smart Cookie brands are distributed in most eastern, southern and Midwestern states through supermarket instore bakeries, convenience stores and lunch trucks. The packaging is clear plastic, round, rectangular, or octagonal, with a label bearing the brand name.

No illnesses connected with the Jimmy's Cookies or One Smart Cookie brands have been reported to date.

No other Jimmy's Cookies or One Smart Cookie retail packages are included in this recall.

Jimmy's Cookies is working closely with FDA officials to ensure the safety of the consumer.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled cookies should either destroy or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Questions may be directed to the company at 1-800-937-5050 between the hours of 8AM and 5PM EST.

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