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09/24/2012

Nut Butter Recall Expands

Sunland, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Some Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Products Due to Possible Health Risk

HARTFORD, September 24 – Following up on today’s earlier news release 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 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                           Product                                                                                                                                         

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   - 15lb

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.

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