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FEBRUARY 27, 2009


Cookie dough recall affects local schools by Samie Hartley Staff Writer If you recently purchased cookie dough to support one of your local schools, you might want to check the freezer. In light of the recent nationwide salmonella outbreak involving contaminated peanut butter, Dough-To-Go, a Santa Clara based cookie company, has voluntarily recalled items used in fundraisers from January of 2007 to January of 2009. The California Health Department released a statement on Jan. 28 that identified 162 public and private schools that might have sold contaminated products. The list includes six local schools: Ron Nunn Elementary, Loma Vista Elementary and Bristow Middle School of the Brentwood Union School District; Laurel and Gehringer elementary schools of the Oakley Union School District; and Discovery Bay Elemen-

tary of the Byron Union School District. Dana Eaton, BUSD director of student services, said the announcement of the recall occurred after school hours, but letters were promptly prepared to be sent out the next day. “We jumped on it and had letters ready by the following morning,” Eaton said. “No illnesses have been reported from our district. This was a voluntary recall. None of the cookie dough sold at our schools is believed to be contaminated, but we wanted to remain cautious. This is a serious matter. “When the news first broke about salmonella contamination, we pulled all peanut butter products from our cafeterias as a precaution. That is our procedure for when these types of things happen. It’s always a scary thing and you can never be too careful.” see Recall page 9A

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