A 2012 peanut butter recall that initially only included certain products sold at Trader Joe’s has now expanded to include roughly 240 products, according to a new announcement made by U.S. health officials. The peanut butter products are subject to recall because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to officials. All of the recalled products include peanut butter made by New Mexico manufacturing company Sunland Inc.
An announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that samples taken from the company’s manufacturing facilities have tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. Roughly 100 Sunland products were recalled toward the end of September as a result of Salmonella bacteria contamination. The expansion of the recall means that 240 products are now being pulled from store shelves and, hopefully, from home pantry shelves as well.
What Products Have Been Recalled?
Any product manufactured by Sunland on or after March 1, 2010 may be contaminated and should be returned to its place of sale, according to the FDA. Among the 140 products recalled since the initial September announcement, roughly 90 are beyond their expiration dates while roughly 50 have yet to expire. However, even the expired products could still be sitting in people’s homes, according to the FDA.
The website of the FDA offers a full list of products under recall, including the following brands:
- American Choice
- Archer Farms
- Arrowhead Mills
- Fresh & Easy
- Harry & David
- Multiple Organics
- Natural Value
- Naturally More
- Open Nature
- Peanut Butter Power
- Serious Food
- Sun Harvest
- Trader Joe’s
- Tropical Traditions
Use the above link to visit the website of the FDA and compare the UPC codes on your products to the ones listed under the recall. The site also contains a list of products made with Sunland peanut butter, such as sandwich crackers, brownies and cookies, that have been included in the 2012 peanut butter recall as well. It’s entirely possible that additional products will be added to the recall list in the coming days and weeks as the investigation continues.
If you have any products that have been recalled in your home, avoid eating them and either return them to the store or dispose of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Danger of Salmonella
Exposure to Salmonella bacteria can lead to serious illness, according to the FDA. It’s most dangerous to the elderly and young children, with symptoms including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. These symptoms begin anywhere from 12 hours to 3 days after initial infection.
So far, 35 individuals from 19 different states have fallen ill as a result of the contaminated peanut butter products. Most of the infected have been children. The specific bacterial strain found in the products is Salmonella Bredeney.
The Bottom Line
A total of 240 products are now included in the recall of products that include peanut butter manufactured by Sunland Inc. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella, and should be returned or disposed of upon identification.