Local food banks have taken precautionary measures to remove affected peanut butter and related items from shelves in light of the peanut-based product recall from the Peanut Corporation of America.

Local food banks have taken precautionary measures to remove affected peanut butter and related items from shelves in light of the peanut-based product recall from the Peanut Corporation of America.

In order to distribute safe, high-quality food, ACCESS Inc. and the Oregon Food Bank have already begun pulling all items made with peanut butter and ground processed peanuts, in addition to sending out recall notices to its clients and 19 food pantries, said Philip Yates, ACCESS Inc. nutrition programs director.

ACCESS is working to ensure replacement stock is safe to distribute to clients in need. The recall does not affect peanut butter in containers less than five pounds.

"As the community action agency of Jackson County, we are working hard to ensure that all potentially affected products are immediately removed from our supplies," said Yates.

The loss of the peanut-related items increases demand for donations of safe peanut butter products, he said.

— Sanne Specht