Peanut butter made by Sunland Inc. and sold at Trader Joes and some other national chains, has been recalled for its ties to a recent salmonella outbreak.
The creamy, salted Valencia peanut butter and almond butter is reportedly linked to salmonella illnesses reported by people in 18 states between June 11 and September 2, 2012. Twenty-nine people have reportedly fallen ill from eating contaminated products produced by Sunland. The products themselves were manufactured between May 1 and September 24, 2012.
In all, 76 peanut butter and almond butter products have pulled on the shelves of Trader Joes. According to CBS, the reason for the cross contamination is because the Sunland company used the same equipment to produce the different products.
Sunland released this statement today, in response to the recall:
“There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter everyday. While FDA, CDC, and State Health Agencies investigate to confirm the cause of illnesses reported, as a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall our Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Please return the product to your supermarket for a full refund or dispose of it.”
For a list of all 76 items recalled, you can visit the FDA website.
Consumers are being asked to throw away the product if they have one on their shelf, produced within the time-frame specified. Consumers are also being asked to call the company at 866-837-1018 for further information.