Salmonella Peanut Butter Recall Now Includes 76 Brands

The ongoing Salmonella peanut butter recall now includes 76 product brands with Sunland Inc. of New Mexico expanding its recall to include both peanut and almond butter. The Salmonella strain involved is fairly rare—Salmonella Bredeney.

The recall was prompted after a product sold to Trader Joe’s groceries was connected to the outbreak said CBS/AP. In addition to the two other Trader Joe’s brands that we wrote about yesterday—Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted and Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted—Sunland also recalled peanut and almond products sold under popular brands that include Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Joseph’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout’s, Sunland, and Dogsbutter. A list of all 76 products can be found on Sunland’s web site.

Once the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked 29 Salmonella sicknesses in 18 states to the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, Sunland Inc.—which manufactures the Trader Joe’s recalled products—issued a recall, CBS/AP said.

Katalin Coburn, a Sunland spokeswoman, said the firm widened the recalled products’ list to include all those manufactured on the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s product, said CBS/AP. None of the other recalled products were associated with an illnesses, to date and no other products have been implicated.

The CDC announced that infections have been reported from June 11 through September and include four hospitalizations, said NBC News. The outbreak’s median age is seven and most—three-quarters—of those who have fallen ill have been under the age of 18. Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Washington state.

Coburn told NBC News that the firm’s tests detected no positive results for Salmonella Bredeney, which she described as “a particularly cunning strain,” that is “very difficult to detect.” According to Coburn, pulling so many products was “possibly an overkill step”; however, the production line involved can manufacture some 6,000 tons of nut products in just an hour, Coburn noted.

The firm is advising consumers who have purchased the recalled products to not eat the product and dispose of them and  Trader Joe’s urges its customers to return recalled Trader Joe’s products for a full refund. Trader Joe’s Customer Relations department can be reached at 1.626.599.3817.

CBS/AP pointed out that the expanded recall concerns products with best-by dates from May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. The recalled peanut and almond products were manufactured from May 1 to September 24, Coburn, Sunland’s vice president for media relations, told NBC News.

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