I wish Franklin were around to comment on this: The Department of Education’s director of food technology, a job I didn’t know existed, but now seems important, is letting principals know that DOE peanut butter is good, despite the expanding recall. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are not yet confirmed safe. UPDATE: Peanut butter cookies have now been declared safe, school officials tell me.
I think this counts as a good use of teacher e-mail/phone time, yes? Here’s director Paul Uffer’s note:
Subject: Peanut Butter Update
Please be advised that SchoolFood has confirmed that the PB&J Cutouts and the #10 containers of Peanut Butter used for our program are not affected by the recent peanut butter recall by The Peanut Corporation of America.
Listed below are the current peanut butter brands used in SchoolFood operations
#10 containers – Sunny Boy or Sunshine
PB&J Cutouts – Sunshine
Peanut Butter Cookies
Food Tech is still waiting on confirmation of the brand of peanut butter used in the Linden’s Peanut Butter cookies. Until further notice, please put do not use the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies. Please place any boxes aside and label “DO NOT USE“. Further instructions will follow.
Food Tech QAS Inspectors will continue to monitor the brands of Peanut Butter distributors are shipping.
Please contact Food Technology if you have any questions.
Director of Food Technology
N.Y.C. DEPT. OF EDUCATION
44-36 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101