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Voluntary recall expanded due to possible Salmonella contamination
Sunland, Inc., has expanded a voluntary recall to include all products made at its peanut butter and nut manufacturing plant.
September 26th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

Voluntary recall expanded due to possible Salmonella contamination

Sunland, Inc., has expanded its voluntary recall to include all of the products manufactured at its peanut butter and nut manufacturing plant in Portales, New Mexico.

The plant was shut down on Saturday, after Trader Joe's recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it was linked to potential contamination with Salmonella, according to Katalin Coburn, Sunland's vice president for media relations.

Two days ago, the company expanded its voluntary recall to include all the peanut and almond butter products it makes. Now the remaining Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products, which are also manufactured at this plant, are being recalled too.

According to the latest information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 people in 19 states have been sickened by a strain of Salmonella called Bredeney. Four people have been hospitalized so far, but no one has died.

The reported illnesses occurred between June 11 and September 11. Nearly two-thirds of those sickened are under the age of 10. Young children, the elderly and those who are already sick or chronically ill are more susceptible to severe illness if they become infected with Salmonella.

This company says the recall applies to the all products manufactured at this plant with a "best if used by" date between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. Consumers can find this date stamped on the side of the jar's label below the lid of the jar.

Coburn tells CNN that there has been "no link to any specific product," but rather 14 of those sickened had been interviewed by health officials and 12 of those people recalled eating Trader Joe's peanut butter. She says that's "the reason for this entirely preemptive and voluntary recall."

The CDC has reported that 12 of those sickened indicated that they ate Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt and that this is a likely source of the outbreak.

Since this is an ongoing investigation, the FDA will not comment on specific details, according to a spokeswoman.

Consumers are urged to dispose of any remaining jars of Sunland, Inc., products in the home or return them to the place of purchase. A full list of all voluntarily recalled products can be found here. Consumers can also contact Sunland by calling 1-866-837-1018 for more information on the recall.


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  1. Gee

    Is there anything safe out there that we can eat with getting sick?

    September 26, 2012 at 23:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jac999

      No. It's time to go back to raising our own food.

      September 27, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse |
  2. Sarah

    Tens of thousands of people get sick every year from eating contaminated, processed, or old food ... from supermarket eggs (up to three months old by the time you buy them) to meat. One of the big issues is cooked meat and fish next to raw meat and fish on supermarket counters–an illegal practice in other countries because of the risk of cross-contamination. Buy fresh and local and prepare your own food–costs more, but most of us can balance that out by buying and eating less (and being healthier all around). Want peanut butter–buy roasted peanuts in the shell, shell them, and stick them in a blender. Then you have peabut butter without the added sugar and other garbage that's added as filler by the commercial companies. And by the way CNN, the primary meaning of the word "sickened" is "disgusted" or "revolted" so using it talk about someone becaoming ill through a bacterial infection isn't the best writing.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Word_Guy

      I don't know where you got your definition of "sickened", but Miriam Webster (just to cite one online source) gives your definition below as #2, and the middle example is spot-on–bacteria and all. Just thought I'd educate myself after reading your comment and not knowing better...

      transitive verb
      1: to make sick
      2: to cause revulsion in

      Examples of SICKEN

      Many people sickened and died on the long voyage.
      The bacteria in the drinking water sickened the whole village.
      We were sickened by the reports of violence.

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  3. The Emperor

    Yes, Yes, Let the salmonella flow through you.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
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    September 27, 2012 at 18:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Schirete Zick

    I've been buying from Sunland Peanuts since 1994. I buy gifts for Christmas from them because everybody loves their organic peanuts and the organic peanut butter and dark cholcolate is to die for it's so good. Last year, I brought the yellow mesh peanuts to our staff meetings in Battle Mountain, NV and after they were gone, people asked me to buy more.

    I've know the owner, who donated plenty of peanut bags for us to sell to support programs at Cannon AFB. I've been to their plant on several ocassions and the cleanliness is undeniable. It is unfortunate that contamination occured, but that is something that can happen to peanuts while they grow.

    Don't shun this wonderful company. They are clean to a fault. Also the way they roast their peanuts is perfect. There isn't one over roasted, burned tasting peanut that I've tasted. It's done to perfecvtion. I'm sure they are doing everything to assure that people don't get sick.

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