College pulls all peanut products from its shelves
Lake Erie College is taking the latest peanut-butter recall seriously. The institution is erring on the side of caution by not serving any peanut-related products.
Metz & Associates, the College’s food service provider, is keeping abreast of the peanut-butter (and more recently ground peanuts) recall. In fact, they were 18 hours ahead of their largest competitor in announcing the hold on peanut-butter related products and have been intentionally slow in releasing peanut products for consumption, according to Vice President of Purchasing Craig Phillips.
Phillips, former head of food safety for U.S. Foodservice, explains that the approach the government has been using since 2008 is basically to assume virtually every product in a category is affected until proven not to be, which can cause confusion.
Presently, only products manufactured with ingredients from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) are potentially dangerous. Metz has had many manufacturers who have no dealing with PCA and have sent documentation that their products are completely safe. However, despite the documentation, Metz will not release these products until they receive confirmation from the FDA.