Amid a raging torrent of product recalls, the Girl Scouts are assuring would-be cookie buyers that their products are safe to eat.
Two varieties of Girl Scout cookies with peanut butter do not contain any products from Peanut Corporation of America, the company tied to a salmonella outbreak, said a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Inc.
Food safety is of the utmost importance to us,” spokeswoman Catherine Wagner said in an email to The Oklahoman. ”We have and continue to work closely with all of our ingredient suppliers to ensure that they continue to exceed food industry operating standards as part of our goal to bake safe, great tasting Girl Scout Cookies. In addition to our expectations of ingredient suppliers, our suppliers are subject to rigorous food safety audits from independent third party auditors.”
The salmonella outbreak has led to the recall of more than 2,200 products that contained peanuts linked to a Georgia plant.
More than 600 people have gotten sick after being infected with the outbreak strain of salmonella, including four in Oklahoma. The bacteria has been attributed to nine deaths since the outbreak began in September.