LOUISVILLE, Ky. - They promise to entice the senses with a “hint of cinnamon-ginger spice’’ and a “refreshingly zesty lemon creme filling,’’ but some batches of Lemon Chalet Creme Girl Scout cookies didn’t quite turn out that way.
A Kentucky bakery that makes the cookies pulled some batches Thursday after about a dozen people complained of a foul smell and taste.
Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, one of two US bakeries that makes Girl Scout cookies, said yesterday that no one has gotten sick from the stinky, bad-tasting cookies sold in 24 states, and they are safe to eat.
The problem is caused by a breakdown of oils in the cookies, the bakery said on its website.
The cookies were distributed in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
“We undertook a thorough investigation and determined that while the cookies are safe for customers to eat, they are not up to our quality standards,’’ bakery spokeswoman Susanne Norwitz said in an e-mail.
A telephone call to the New York headquarters of Girl Scouts of America went unanswered. An e-mail sent through the website was not immediately returned.
More than 30 Girl Scout councils in the affected areas received the cookies, Norwitz said. The bakery contacted each council directly, she said.