On October 3, 2012, a massive peanut butter recall of over 101 products manufactured by New Mexico’s Sunland, Inc. was issued due to Salmonella contamination. The recall encompasses nut based items sold by Trader Joe’s, Target, Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, Giant Food, and several other major stores following reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that over 30 people within 19 states received food poisoning from contaminated products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has offered consumers a list of Sunland products affected by the recall which presently includes almond butters, cashew butters, tahini, and peanut products. All products have “Best-If-Used-By” dates ranging from May 1, 2013 to September 24, 2013. Products include brands like: Archer Farms, Trader Joe’s, Harry & David, fresh & easy, Valencia, Natural Value, heinen’s, Open Nature, Sunland, Sprouts Farmers, and Serious Food, Silly Prices. A full recalled product list is available at Sunland’s official website (click here for PDF) and the U.S. FDA’s official website.
Manufacturer Sunland, Inc. offered to consumers (via press releases) that those who have purchased products with the above mentioned “sell by” dates may return the products to the store of purchase or throw them away. It is further recommended that consumers who may have ingested contaminated products and exhibit symptoms of salmonella - like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea - seek medical attention immediately.
Serious complications or secondary infections, both with the potential to be life threatening may result from salmonella infections in very young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.