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Peanut butter recall due to possible salmonella contamination

Monday, October 1, 2012 | 1:32 p.m. CDT; updated 6:20 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 7, 2012

COLUMBIA — Sunland, Inc., has issued a voluntary recall of 101 of its peanut products sold between May 1 and Sept. 24 because the products may be infected with salmonella, according to a news release from the FDA.

The recall included peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, tahini and roasted blanch peanut products. 

Since June 11, 30 people in 19 states have become ill after consuming one or more of the products, according to the Centers for Disease Control website. Sixty-three percent of the illnesses occurred in children younger than 10. One case has been reported in Missouri. No deaths have been reported to date. 

"Preliminary results from this ongoing joint investigation indicate that Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt is a likely source of this outbreak," an initial announcement on the CDC website said on Sept. 22. Sunland recalled all the 101 products, however, because they are produced in the same plant.

Trader Joe's voluntarily recalled the Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt on Sept. 24. Sunland Inc. is the producer of the recalled peanut butter. 

Sunland, Inc., products are sold at Trader Joe's, Target, Whole Foods and several other stores. The CDC advises consumers to dispose of or return the recalled products.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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