KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WRCB) --  Girl Scout Cookies have arrived and go on sale at booth locations throughout the Knoxville and Chattanooga regions today, and girls are hoping a bogus scare doesn't hurt their sales.  Nationwide, 15 lot numbers of Lemon Chalet Crème Cookies did not meet the baker's quality control standards and are being replaced.  None of the cookies were shipped to our area—but that hasn't stopped rumors of a recall from spreading through the community.

An Associated Press story picked up by media outlets across the country makes a blanket statement that Lemon Chalet Crème Cookies are being recalled. In fact, the cookies are not being recalled, but replaced at the customer's request.  This is a quality issue, not a health issue, affecting a very limited area which does not include the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.

"Our cookies are going to have the same great taste our customers expect," says Product Sales Director Gail Maupin.  "We are always committed to delivering a top quality product."

The Girl Scout Cookie Program began in 1917 when troops first began baking cookies in their homes and selling them to neighbors as simple ways to raise money.  Now the program is embedded in American culture with approximately 200 million boxes sold each year. 
 
The council's booth sales continue through March 7 in the Johnson City region and through March 21 in the Knoxville and Chattanooga regions.