Whole Foods Market is recalling 3oz peanut butter cookies and 3oz peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies sold in its self-serve pastry case, and mini peanut butter cookies sold in 12-pack paper bags due to possible Salmonella contamination in the peanut butter used as an ingredient. 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 (which may be bloody), 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.
The recalled cookies were sold before Sept. 29, 2012 in all Whole Foods Market stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. No illnesses have been reported related to the cookies. This cookie recall is in response to a recall by Sunland, Inc., whose recalled peanut butter has been connected to 29 illnesses in 18 states.
Two of the recalled items are sold in the self-serve pastry case (3oz Peanut Butter Cookie, 3oz Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk), under the cookie PLU (47963). The packaged cookies (Mini Peanut Butter Cookie 12pk) are sold in small, plain brown bags featuring a cellophane window on the front, an oval Whole Foods Market sticker that says “mini peanut butter cookies” and has the PLU (22096100000). The recall includes all of these cookies sold before Sept. 29, 2012.
Signage is posted in Whole Foods Market stores to notify customers of this recall. Consumers who have purchased 3oz Peanut Butter Cookie, 3oz Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk or Mini Peanut Butter Cookie 12pk in these four states should discard them, and may bring their receipt to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact 512-542-0060 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm CDT.