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RECALL: Tainted Peanut Butter Contamination Spreads [UPDATED]

Trader Joe's Creamy salty peanut butter has been implicated in a nationwide salmonellosis outbreak, which was believed to isolated to the grocery store but has extended to other markets. Here's what you need to know.

The following is a press release submitted by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

The Department of Consumer Protection is notifying consumers that new information from the Food and Drug Administration indicates that Sunland, Inc. a producer of numerous 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 September 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, twenty-nine 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 September 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.

 

UPC                            

Type of product           

Jar Size

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

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.

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

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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