Girl Scouts: Cookies not affected by warning

Posted Jan. 20, 2009, at 8:44 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — According to Girl Scouts of the USA, neither of the two licensed bakers that produce Girl Scout Cookies, ABC Interbake or Little Brownie Bakers, gets its peanut butter from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter warning.

“Food safety and quality are of the utmost importance to us,” said France Shea, director of communications for Girl Scouts of Maine. “The FDA and other regulatory agencies have identified Peanut Corporation of America as the manufacturer responsible for the salmonella contamination and their peanut butter is not used in any variety of Girl Scout cookies.

“The FDA’s suggestion that consumers avoid all peanut butter products for the time being reflects the fact that many consumers don’t know the source of the peanut butter in the products they buy. Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties and Peanut Butter Sandwiches (and all other varieties) are absolutely safe to consume,” Shea said.

The Girl Scout Cookie Activity is the premier business and economic literacy program for girls in the United States. Girl Scouts in Maine have been taking orders for the popular confections since Jan. 12 and the sale will continue through April 18.

For more information, go to www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.

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