Salmonella Scare Causes School Cafeterias to Change Menus

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The massive peanut butter recalls have forced local schools to take extra precautions. News Leader Nine talked with Russell County School District's Nutrition specialist to see what they are doing to keep your kids safe.

The nationwide peanut butter recall has now hit local schools as cafeterias pull products off the shelves. Director for Child Nutrition, Neal Scott said, "The child nutrition directors in the state of Alabama are concerned about any recall and they safety of our children is first and foremost in our minds."

Scott says Russell County schools receive their food products through a contract with the state of Alabama, "We have not received any of the recalled peanut butter but to be safe we have pulled all peanut butter and peanut butter products off our shelves."

Scott tells us the nutrition department stays up to date with any updates on the salmonella scare, "We have a direct e-mail with the United States Department of Agriculture and as soon as any recall on anything is published we get an e-mail."

Because of their early warning, they were able to make a move quickly when it come to school food safety.

"We acted early at the first notice of a peanut butter problem to go ahead and change and pull the items," added Scott.

So the shelves are empty and until the recall is lifted, the students are safe.

Scott said, "We'll wait until we get an all clear through the USDA and everything appears to be safe because we'd rather be safe than sorry."

Right now area schools have stopped serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter cookies and even some granola bars have been pulled.