February 2009As athletes and outdoor adventurists, Kit and I are no strangers to challenging situations. They may be tough to get through, but they show us that we can achieve more than we ever thought was possible.
Today, we’re facing a different kind of challenge. Recently, Clif Bar announced a voluntary recall of potentially affected peanut products manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America, the focus of the FDA’s Salmonella investigation.
We know that our voluntary recall has shaken many people’s confidence in our products. And we are deeply sorry that it has caused concern and inconvenience to you and all our consumers, retailers and business partners.
While there are many players in this complicated situation, we are not interested in finger pointing.
We are accountable for the food we make. At this time, we can tell you that none of our recalled products has tested positive for Salmonella. But in light of the FDA’s investigation and mounting consumer confusion, we are taking the following actions immediately:
- Clif Bar is taking a break and temporarily suspending production and shipments of our recalled products with peanuts and peanut butter. Now and during this break, consumers can enjoy our 91 other products that do not contain recalled peanuts or peanut butter.
- We’re reviewing our own business practices to ensure that we’re doing all we can to continue raising the bar in food quality and safety.
By doing this, we hope to cut through the confusion and give you peace of mind and confidence in future purchases of our products containing peanut ingredients.
In the coming months, the country’s food safety system will undergo intense scrutiny and potential changes. We currently meet or exceed the food industry’s safety requirements, but in this situation, that was not enough. We look to set and achieve higher standards than those required by governing bodies.
We appreciate that you hold Clif Bar – and us personally – to high standards. As we face this challenge head-on, we thank you for your understanding and the support you’ve given us over the years.
Gary Erickson & Kit Crawford
Co-Owners, Clif Bar & Company
More information and recall details, here.