Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:54 AM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 26, 2012 10:05 AM
New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall to 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after a product it sold to Trader Joe's groceries was linked to a salmonella outbreak.
The company recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland Inc, manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's peanut butter.
Although this product was primarily distributed nationally through grocery stores, the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) did source one truckload of the Sunland Peanut Butter involved in the recall.
Food bank officials say that "all MFBN food pantries and partner agencies are currently being contacted and notified of the recall," according to a news release.
Anyone that may have received Sunland peanut butter involved in the recall, through a Montana food pantry or partner agency, is encouraged to call 1.866.837.1018 for information.
Sunland spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said the company recalled the other peanut and almond butters because they were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product. None of the other products have been linked to illnesses.
Trader Joe's recalled the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter manufactured between May 1 and September 24, 2012 from its stores on Saturday after consultation with the FDA and the CDC. Coburn said the FDA is currently inspecting Sunland's plant in Portales, N.M.
Those sickened reported becoming ill between June 11 and Sept. 2, according to the CDC. More than three-fourths of those who became ill were children under the age of 18. No deaths have been reported.
Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter is sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores nationwide and on the internet while Sunland Inc. almond and peanut butter products are distributed nationally through supermarket chains.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. In some people, severe diarrhea may lead to hospitalization or other dangerous complications that require antibiotics.
Brand names included in the recall are Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, 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. Two additional Trader Joe's products are also included in the expanded recall - Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds.
A list of all 76 products can be found here on Sunland's company web site.
No other Sunland or Trader Joe's products are included in the recall.