Peanut Butter Recalls Rapidly Expanding

10/04/2012

Peanut butter photoThe FDA is expanding its peanut butter recall to include other nut butters after 30 people were reported sick with salmonella. Last week the FDA recalled jars of Trader Joe’s Valencia Salted Peanut Butter with Sea Salt after illnesses were reported in 19 states, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

“As a convenience, FDA has provided a list of products recalled by Sunland Inc., as found on the company’s press releases. The recall is limited to the products listed below that have “Best-If-Used-By” dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. The “Best-If-Used-By” dates are stamped on the side of the jar’s label below the lid. Sunland Inc. has advised consumers to return the product to the supermarket of purchase or to dispose of it.” 

Here’s the lengthy list of recalled products. 

The peanut butter manufacturer Sunland Inc. has expanded their own recall to 100 products made on the same contaminated manufacturing line. Sunland produces peanut butter for a host of other stores including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Target, Stop and Shop, Harry and David, Fresh and Easy, Heinen’s, and Giant Foods. 

The First of Many Recalls

This isn’t the first and it likely won’t be the last peanut butter recall. In 2009, a massive peanut recall impacted a laundry list of peanut products, peanut butter of course being one of them. And last year there was a limited recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread because they may have been contaminated with salmonella. Yikes.

The symptoms of the disease are stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever and they usually happen between 8 and 72 hours after eating contaminated foods. But it can be extremely painful and intense. And the sickness can be life threatening for those with weak immune systems like kids, pregnant women, infants, unborn babies, and the elderly.

Photo: Brand X Pictures

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Sara Novak writes about health and wellness for Discovery Health. Her work is also regularly featured in Breathe Magazine and on SereneKitchen.com. She has written extensively on food policy, food politics, and food safety.


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