The Houston Independent School District, the largest in the state, confiscated all peanut butter sandwiches brought by students after a nationwide recall of certain brands thought to be contaminated with salmonella, a bacteria that causes illness.
The district replaced the sandwiches with cafeteria-made ones spread with an untainted brand. Other area school districts, including the state's third largest, Cypress-Fairbanks, did not follow suit.
The headlines from a Google News search reveal the tenor of the times:
- Beware of that peanut butter sandwich (Independent Online, South Africa)
- Stores scurry to take recalled peanut butter off shelves (Kansas City Star, Missouri)
- Peanut butter from Virginia shelves linked to Salmonella (Richmond.com, Virginia)
- Four cases of sickness in state may be from peanut butter (Bellingham Herald, Washington)
- 5 Arizonans sickened by bad peanut butter (Arizona Republic, Arizona)
- Tainted peanut butter sickens nearly 300 (Miami Herald, Florida)