By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A New Mexico-based company has recalled 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after a product it sold to Trader Joe’s groceries was linked to a salmonella outbreak.
Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe’s product.
Sunland spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said the company recalled the other peanut and almond butters because they were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s product. None of the other products have been linked to illnesses.
Trader Joe’s recalled the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from its stores on Saturday after consultation with the FDA and the CDC. Coburn said the FDA is currently inspecting Sunland’s plant in Portales, N.M.
Those sickened reported becoming ill between June 11 and Sept. 2, according to the CDC. More than three-fourths of those who became ill were children under the age of 18. No deaths have been reported.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.
Brand names included in the recall are Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Joseph’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout’s, Sunland and Dogsbutter. Two additional Trader Joe’s products are also included in the expanded recall– Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds.
No other Sunland or Trader Joe’s products are included in the recall.
Sunland recall: http://www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf
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