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Nut Butter Recall Expands Yet Again

Monday, October 8th, 2012

After more people have been sickened by suspected salmonella contamination in peanut butter and other nut butters made by New Mexico-based Sunland, Inc, the recall of the company’s products has been expanded for the second time in as many weeks. Initially, the recall affected products sold at Trader Joe’s and some smaller grocery chains.  Then last week, the recall was expanded to products that are stocked at Whole Foods Markets, Target, and other retailers.

Now, news of even more expansion to the recall, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 35 people have been sickened by contaminated products, 5 in the last week alone.  Affected by the recall are all products produced at the company’s Portales, New Mexico plant dating back to a “best if used by” date of March 2010.  CNN.com has more:

According to a FDA statement, the expanded recall “covers all previously identified Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Tahini products as well as Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. Several varieties of flavored butters and spreads, including Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate Butter and Banana Butter, are also being included in this expanded recall.”

Health officials in Washington state have traced the same strain of salmonella that sickened 35 people nationwide to an open jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter collected from the home of one of the people infected. This firmly establishes a link between a specific Sunland product and this salmonella outbreak, something the company spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said hadn’t been established by last week.

FDA inspectors have also found salmonella on surfaces at the Sunland processing plant, although further testing is required to confirm if it’s the same strain of Salmonella, called Bredeney, that has infected nearly three dozen people in 19 states and has led to eight hospitalizations so far.

Families should discard any unused recalled products, or return them to the stores where they were purchased.  For more information on whether specific products are under recall, call Sunland directly at 1-866-837-1018.

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Peanut Butter Recall Expands, Includes Whole Foods, Target

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

A recall of peanut and other nut butters that was announced last week because of salmonella contamination fears has been expanded to retailers including Whole Foods and Target after 30 illnesses in 19 states have been reported.  The initial recall by the New Mexico-based company Sunland, Inc. had mainly affected nut butters sold at Trader Joe’s stores.

CBS News has more on the expanded recall:

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection, which is known as salmonellosis. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.

The bacteria is microscopic and passes from feces of people or animals to other people, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 400 deaths annually in the United States.

In addition to Trader Joe’s, the recall includes nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Fresh & Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and several other stores. Some of the stores used Sunland ingredients in items they prepared and packaged themselves. Brand names recalled include Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Late July, Heinen’s, Joseph’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout’s, Sunland and Dogsbutter, among others.

A full list of products can be found on the Food and Drug Administration web site.

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Trader Joe’s, Other Peanut Butters Under Recall

Monday, September 24th, 2012

A multi-state outbreak of salmonella is the cause of a recall of peanut butter and other peanut and almond products sold at Trader Joe’s and other retailers.  NBC News has more:

Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., has voluntarily recalled 76 different products, including three brands of Trader Joe’s peanut butter, according to a press release issued Monday. Those products were manufactured on the same line as the Trader Joe’s products.

U.S. health officials on Saturday warned consumers not to eat Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter after the product was linked to 29 infections in 18 states linked to the rare salmonella Bredeney.

The other two Trader Joe’s brands that have been recalled include Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted and Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted.

In addition, Sunland is recalling peanut and almond products sold under popular brands including Archer’s, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Serious Food, Silly Prices, Sprout’s and Sprouts Farmers Market, among others. The recall applied to products with best-by dates between May 1, 2013 and Sept. 24, 2013.

Consumers should discard the products, and Trader Joe’s has said it will issue full refunds for any products purchased at their stores.

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