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Salmonella: Peanut butter recall expands

Following up on today’s earlier news about Trader Joe’s stores voluntarily recalling Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, the Department of Consumer Protection is notifying consumers that new information from the Food and Drug Administration indicates that Sunland, Inc. a producer of several brands and types of nut butter products, has now voluntarily recalled a number of its products, including the Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter and two other Trader Joe’s items for risk of Salmonella contamination.

“This expanded recall affects a far greater number of brands than earlier believed, and it’s important that consumers, school cafeterias, restaurants, hospitals and other food preparation sites check their cabinets for these recalled items,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said. “Anyone who has any of the recalled nut butters should not eat them, but return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. The Department will work to oversee and ensure compliance with this recall.”  

According to the company press release, Sunland, Inc. Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products, manufactured between May 1, 2012, and Sep. 24, 2012, may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

Between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, 29 people including three in Connecticut reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses.

Other states reporting illness include Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains.

This recall applies to the following products with Best-If-Used-By Dates between May 1, 2013 and Sept. 24, 2013. (Stamped on the side of the jar’s label below the lid of the jar.) The UPC is located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.

  • 00989275  Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted  16 oz
  • 00971119  Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter with Sea Salt  16 oz
  • 00940795  Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted 16 oz
  • 8523902334 Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
  • 8523902333 Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds   16 oz
  • 3377610090 Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed  16 oz
  • 051379022518 fresh & easy Crunchy Almond Butter   16 oz
  • 20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt  16 oz
  • 20003364 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
  • 20003388 fresh & easy Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt   16 oz
  • 051379026431 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 40 oz
  • 20003395  fresh & easy Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
  • 20003357  fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt    16 oz
  • 20003371  fresh & easy Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
  • 2060140048 Heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy   16 oz
  • 2060140047 Heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Crunchy   16 oz
  • 2060140046 Heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy    16 oz
  • 2060140045 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Crunchy   16 oz
  • 3307915073 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter    18 oz
  • 3307915072 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter    18 oz
  • 910053 Natural Value Creamy Peanut Butter/Salt   15 lb
  • 910060  Natural Value Crunchy Peanut Butter/Salt    15 lb
  • 5859500020 Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter       16 oz
  • 5859500019 Naturally More Almond Butter     16 oz
  • 5859500033 Naturally More Peanut Butter Crunchy    16 oz
  • 5859500055 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan   26 oz
  • 5859500050 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan   16 oz
  • 7989311202 Open Nature Crunchy Peanut Butter    16 oz
  • 7989311201 Open Nature Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter   16 oz
  • 5855200003 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula       16 oz
  • 5855200007 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula   4 lb
  • 4792100442 Serious Food, Silly Prices Almond Butter Creamy    12 oz
  • 4792100439 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
  • 4792100438 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
  • 4792100436 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy   16 oz
  • 4792100435 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy  16 oz
  • 4792100434 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy   16 oz
  • 4792100432 Serious Food, Silly Prices, Peanut Butter, Creamy    16 oz
  • 8506000004 Snaclite Power PB    16 oz
  • 7487500334 Sprouts Farmers Market Creamy Peanut Butter, No Salt   16 oz
  • 7487500335 Sprouts Farmers Market Crunchy Peanut Butter, No Salt    16 oz
  • 7487500336 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter   16 oz
  • 7487500337 Sprout’s Crunchy Peanut Butter   16 oz
  • 7487500433 Sprout’s Creamy Almond Butter    16 oz
  • 7487500434 Sprout’s Crunchy Almond Butter    16 oz
  • 7487500431 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter    16 oz
  • 4868787906  Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Crunchy Valencia No Stir    16 oz
  • 4868786906  Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Valencia No Stir     16 oz
  • 4868722906  Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Salt Free Valencia   16 oz
  • 4868709915  Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt     40 oz
  • 4868726910  Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 12 oz
  • 4868785920  Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter     36 oz
  • 062725 Sunland Dark Roast Creamy Peanut Butter   40 lb
  • 4868730725 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter    40 lb
  • 029725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Creamy Peanut Butter   40 lb
  • 028725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Crunchy Peanut Butter   40 lb
  • 26570  Sunland Creamy Dark Roast Peanut Butter     500 lb
  • 4868726909 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter     18 oz
  • 4868767909 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter    18 oz
  • 4868785920 Sunland Valencia Peanut Sauce     36 oz
  • 22725 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter   40 lb
  • 22704 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter    5 lb
  • 4868722715 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter  40 lb
  • 4868721722 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter        15 lb
  • 48687009704 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter     5 lb
  • 4868790301 Sunland Creamy Natural Stabilizer Peanut Butter     50 lbs
  • 87725 Sunland Crunchy Natural Stabilized Peanut Butter      40 lb
  • 4868786724 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 35 lb
  • 4868786704 Sunland Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter 5 lb
  • 4868784301 Sunland Extra Stabilized Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 50 lb
  • 21705  Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 40 lb
  • 25704  Crunchy Sugar Butter 5 lb
  • 26704  Creamy Sugar Butter 5 lb
  • 072704 Sunland Almond Butter 5 lb
  • 003050 Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB 16 oz
  • 4868772906 Sunland Natural Almond Butter, Creamy Roasted Almond 16 oz 

Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products with the affected UPC and Best-If-Used-By-Dates are urged to discard the product immediately.

Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-837-1018, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall. In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM MT at (575) 356-6638.  

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Earlier Monday it was announced that in response to Trader Joe’s Sept. 22 voluntary recall of its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, Department of Consumer Protection food safety inspectors and State and local health departments are working with Trader Joe’s supermarkets in the state to ensure that the recalled peanut butter has been removed from store shelves.

“We are urging caution in this situation and asking Trader Joe’s customers who have this item to not eat the product and to dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said.
The peanut butter has been implicated in a nationwide salmonellosis outbreak; however, no illnesses related to the peanut butter have yet been confirmed in the State.

All Trader Joe’s stores in Connecticut apparently carried the peanut butter, which was sold in a 16 ounce, plastic jar with an expiration date of stamped below the lid. All code dates are included in the recall.

Production and distribution of the item has been suspended while the FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier continue their investigations.
Trader Joe’s store locations:

  • Danbury, 113 Mill Plain Rd
  • Darien, 436 Boston Post Rd
  • Fairfield, 2258 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield
  • Hartford, 1489 New Britain Ave
  • Orange, 560 Boston Post Road
  • Westport, 400 Post Road

Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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