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Peanut butter used by bakers not part of recall

By The Staff

Little Brownie Bakers, which is based in Louisville and supplies Girl Scout Cookies to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, said on its Web site, “The peanut butter used in all Little Brownie Bakers Girl Scout cookie products is not sourced from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter recall … PCA (Peanut Corporation of America) does not supply peanut butter used in the company’s Tagalongs or Do-si-dos branded Girl Scout cookies.”

According to Girl Scouts of the USA, neither of the two licensed bakers affiliated with Girl Scout cookies, ABC Interbake or Little Brownie Bakers, purchase their peanut butter from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter warning.

FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that PCA is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCA does not supply peanut butter used in any variety of Girl Scout Cookies.

"Girl Scouts is confident in the product that we provide and the relationship we have with our vendor partners," Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana CEO Terry Blackwell said. "The Girl Scout Cookie program teaches our girls vital business skills and we hope that everyone will continue to support the work of our organization."

In addition, Girl Scout of Kentuckiana is offering to anyone who has purchased Tagalongs or Do-si-dos the opportunity to exchange those for a non peanut butter cookie. “We want to make sure everyone has confidence in our product,” Blackwell says, “and if someone wants to change their order, we’ll be more than happy to accommodate them.”

The cookie program is vital to girl leadership development. By participating in the program, Girl Scouts learn skills like goal setting, business communication, teamwork and money management, which result in girls having more confidence and a higher self-esteem. Proceeds from the cookie program help troops pay for their activities and adventures, as well as allow the Girl Scout Council to support its programs and maintain camp properties.

The annual Girl Scout Cookie program depends on the public’s support to make it successful.