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Purchased Peanut Butter Or Almond Butter Recently? Check Out These Recalls
Sightseeing in Yellowstone National Park for 3 long days, my husband, daughter, and I carried along peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day because that was the safest lunch we could think of that was shelf stable and delicious. I was saddened and a bit disillusioned by this extensive recall that has, so far, caused 29 illnesses in 18 states. Evidently, no food is totally safe from contamination.
The specific peanut butter products being recalled include Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter and several other brands produced by Sunland, Inc. Contaminated product might have wound up in homes, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and other food preparation sites, so if you've purchased peanut butter or almond butter recently, check out the details in this article and in the links listed below the article under "sources."
The reason for the recall is a salmonella outbreak associated with identified peanut butter and almond butter products. So far, no cause of this contamination has been announced.
For details about the products and the contact people at the companies involved, read on.
Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter (produced by Sunland) was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. This recalled product comes in a 16 oz. plastic jar with an expiration date stamped below the lid. All code dates are included in this recall—up to and including 26JUL13 (July 26, 2013).
Production and distribution of the item has been suspended while the FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier continue their investigations. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Sunland, Inc announced a voluntary limited recall of its almond butter and peanut butter products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012 because these products may be contaminated with salmonella. According to USA Today, Sunland has now recalled 76 peanut, almond, and cashew products because of possible salmonella contamination.
The voluntary recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, according to a report issued on September 22, 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The brand names of these products include the following: Sunland, Archer Farms, Fresh & easy, Joseph's, Natural Value, Open Nature, and others. More than a dozen Sunland brands are involved in this recall. Three of these recalled products are sold at Trader Joe's. To see the complete list of brands and read about the symptoms of salmonella, click here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm320647.htm
This recall applies to those products listed on the link above with best-if-used-by dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. (The date is stamped on the side of the jar's label below the lid.)
Consumers who have purchased Sunland's Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products with the above 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.
Sunland, Inc. announced that its recall has now expanded to include its Cashew Butter, Tahini, and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. This recall is limited to products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. For more information, click here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm320818.htm?source=govdelivery
Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., maker of MoonPie® and LookOut!™ branded snacks, announced a recall of its Peanut Butter Crunch products with “best by” dates of 02/26/13, 03/25/13, and 04/29/13 because Sunland was the supplier of the company's peanuts. For more information on this recall, click here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm320974.htm?source=govdelivery
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fda.gov "Harry and David, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Harry & David Brand Crunchy Almond and Peanut Butter, Creamy Banana Peanut Spread, Creamy Raspberry Peanut Spread, and Related Products"
fda.gov "Justin’s Announces a Limited Recall of Certain Lots of Classic Peanut Butter 16 oz. Jars and Honey Peanut Butter 1.15 oz. and .5 oz. Squeeze Packs"
fda.gov "Whole Foods Market Recalls Variety Of Peanut Butter Cookies In Four States"
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(See names of specific products, codes, and best-by dates by clicking on the link above.)
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