Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts

Yes, I am posting about the peanut butter recall. Many people give their pets peanut butter treats so this recall is important whether you eat the stuff or your pets!!! Do not give to your pets!!!

Seems to me the only safe treats for you and/or your pets, is to make your own…many health food stores have a machine to grind the peanuts… Consider buying a food dehydrator to make chicken and beef jerky for Rover…It’s not that big a deal just make sure you properly clean the dehydrator after use…

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/10/15/peanut-butter-recall-extended-to-raw-roasted-peanuts/

Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts

The recall of peanut butter and other nut products linked to an outbreak of salmonella from a New Mexico food company has now been expanded to include raw and roasted peanuts.

More than 400 products have been added to the growing list of recalled items, including MoonPies and ice cream, according to a list released by Sunland Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration’s list of manufacturers that have recalled their own products.

“All of the illnesses that have been investigated are related to the peanut butter products that are from the one plant,” Robert Tauxe of the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention said.

Sunland Inc. has already recalled peanut butter brands sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Walmart, Kroeger, Target and Costco. The FDA has warned consumers not to eat any products associated with Sunland, and to discard them right away because they might be tainted with salmonella.

A woman who would only identify herself as Barbara told ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix that she became ill after eating peanut butter she bought at her local grocery store.

“I had eaten peanut butter like three days in a row and I had just gotten so sick,” she said. “I mean, seriously, this is a big deal.”

Thirty-five people have been sickened in 19 states from coast to coast and there is concern that with so many products on the list, that number could grow.

Sunland has recalled everything made in its contaminated plant since March 2010.

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

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Only lists children and the elderly but that woman in the report is neither a child or very old!!! And I am sure no one is considering pets…

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follow the links for the complete FDA report and the complete list!!!

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm320413.htm

FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney Infections Linked to Peanut Butter made by Sunland Inc.

Posted October 13, 2012

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UPDATE:  October 13, 2012

The FDA announces that, on October 12, Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from 2 ounces to 50 pounds which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.

Since late September, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health officials have been investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections linked to a peanut butter made by Sunland Inc.  As part of the continuing investigation, the FDA has been inspecting the Sunland Inc. production facilities, which include a building in which peanuts are processed and a separate building in which nut butters are made.

FDA testing has found the presence of Salmonella in raw peanuts from the peanut processing facility.  Environmental samples taken from this building also show the presence of Salmonella. Environmental samples are samples taken from various surfaces in the production or manufacturing facility that would likely harbor bacteria.

Additionally, FDA analysis has confirmed that environmental samples showing the presence of Salmonella in Sunland’s nut butter facility have a DNA fingerprint that is the same as the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.

Sunland Inc. reports that it has ceased the production and distribution of all products from both its nut butter facility and its peanut processing facility.

A list of all products being recalled by Sunland Inc. can be found in the company’s recall announcement.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections. We are moving quickly to learn as much as possible and prevent additional people from becoming ill. We recognize that people will be concerned about this outbreak, and we will continue to provide updates and advice.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done?

The FDA’s top priority is protecting consumers and ensuring the safety of our food supply. The FDA, the CDC and state and local public health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of SalmonellaBredeney infections linked to peanut butter made by Sunland Inc. of Portales, New Mexico.  The linked peanut butter was Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter, with a Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) identifier of 97111.

The CDC reports a total of 35 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney from 19 states.

Once FDA became involved in this fast-moving outbreak investigation, we began coordinating and working closely with the CDC and several state health departments, which have been leading their own investigations.  On September 20, FDA, the CDC and the state of California briefed Trader Joe’s on the status of the investigation, and the company voluntarily removed the suspected product from their store shelves. Trader Joe’s has also posted a customer advisory on their internet page and initiated a recall.

As part of its investigation, FDA contacted Sunland Inc., which makes Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter.  On September 23, FDA and CDC briefed Sunland Inc. on the status of the investigation and the company voluntarily recalled the almond butter and peanut butter products that were manufactured on the same product line as Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter between May 1 and September 24, 2012.

On the evening of September 24, Sunland Inc. expanded their recall to about 100 products, which include peanut butter and other products made with nuts and seeds.

On October 4, Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include all products made in the Sunland nut butter production facility between March 1, 2010 and September 24, 2012.  The company reports that it is adding 139 products to the recall, bringing the total number of products being recalled by Sunland Inc. to 240.

This expansion covered all previously identified Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Tahini products as well as Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. New product categories added to the list were several varieties of flavored butters and spreads, including Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate Butter and Banana Butter.

In the expansion on October 4, Sunland Inc. added forty-nine (49) products that are currently within the manufacturer’s recommended shelf-life, that is, the “Best-If-Used-By” dates have not expired.  The expansion also covered ninety (90) products consumers may still have in their homes which are older than the “Best-If-Used-By Date”.

On October 5, The FDA announced that environmental samples taken in the Sunland Inc. nut butter production facility show the presence of Salmonella.  Subsequent analysis determined that SalmonellaBredeney with a DNA fingerprint that is the same as the outbreak strain was present in the samples. Environmental samples are samples taken from various surfaces in the production or manufacturing facility that would likely harbor bacteria.

Also, testing conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture laboratory isolated the outbreak strain from an opened jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter collected from a case-patient’s home.

On October 12, Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from 2 ounces to 50 pounds which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.

A list of all products being recalled by Sunland Inc. can be found in the company’s recall announcement.

As part of the continuing investigation, the FDA has been inspecting the Sunland Inc. production facilities, which include a building in which peanuts are processed and a separate building in which nut butters are made.  On October 13, FDA announced that testing has found the presence of Salmonella in raw peanuts from the peanut processing facility.  Environmental samples taken from this building also show the presence of Salmonella.

As the investigation progresses we will keep the public informed.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Consumers should not eat the recalled products. This is especially important for children under the age of 5 years, elderly adults, and people with weak immune systems.

For the raw and roasted peanuts sold by Sunland Inc.:
Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged to return products within their current shelf life to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.  The “Best-If-Used-By” date or product expiration date is printed on the packaging.  The UPC used to identify the recalled products is located below the bar code on all products.

The roasted and roasted/salted peanuts being recalled were distributed during the six month period prior to the recall date (April 12, 2012 – October 12, 2012), and will have best by/expiration dates on the packaging from October 12, 2012 through April 12, 2013.

The raw peanuts being recalled (shelled and in-shell), were distributed during the twelve months prior to the recall date (October 12, 2011 – October 12, 2012), and will have either best by dates from October 12, 2012 through October 12, 2013 on the packaging, or a “Crop Year” marking on the package of 2011 or 2012, up to and including October 12, 2012.

In-shell peanuts that were sold in 2, 5 and 10 pound mesh bags (raw, roasted and salted/roasted) do not include an expiration date on the mesh bags.  These products should not be eaten and should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund or disposed of immediately.

All expired products should be discarded.  Customers who purchased products directly from the company’s website should discard the products and contact the company at 1-866-837-1018.

For peanut butter and other nut and seed spreads made by Sunland Inc.:
All products with “Best-If-Used-By” dates of March 1, 2011 or later should be discarded or returned immediately.

Consumers who have products which are within their current shelf life (“Best-If-Used-By” dates of October 4, 2012 and later) should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard them. All expired products (“Best-If-Used-By” dates of October 4, 2012 and earlier) should be discarded.

For products in related recalls by other companies:
Consumers should follow the instructions provided in the individual company press releases.

What is Being Recalled?

Sunland raw and roasted peanuts available to retail customers are distributed primarily under the company’s own label and were distributed primarily to produce houses and nationally to numerous large supermarket, grocery and retail chains.  The products also were available for purchase on the internet.

Peanut butter and other nut and seed spreads made by Sunland Inc. are distributed nationally under several brand names via supermarket chains and on the internet.

A list of all products being recalled by Sunland Inc. can be found in the company’s recall announcement.

The following companies have informed FDA and the public of related recalls.  Please see the news release links below for product specifics and recall dates or use the searchable database of press releases related to the Sunland Inc. recall:

What are the Symptoms of Salmonellosis?

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

However, in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. 

Who is at Risk? 

Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is higher than the rate in all other persons. Young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections. It is estimated that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis. 

Who Should be Contacted?

Consumers can contact Sunland Inc. at 1-866-837-1018 for information on the recall.  This toll-free number is operational 24 hours a day.

Consumers who show any signs of illness from salmonellosis should consult their health care provider. The FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD or consult the fda.gov website.

Investigation Progression  

September 20, 2012

FDA, the CDC and the state of California briefed Trader Joe’s on the status of the investigation, and the company volunteered to remove the suspected product from their store shelves. Trader Joe’s has also posted a customer advisory on their internet page and initiated a recall.

September 24, 2012

As part of its investigation, FDA contacted Sunland Inc., which makes Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter.  On September 23, FDA and CDC briefed Sunland Inc. on the status of the investigation and the company voluntarily recalled the almond butter and peanut butter products that were manufactured on the same product line as Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter between May 1 and September 24, 2012.

September 25, 2012

FDA inspectors are continuing their investigation at the Sunland Inc. production facility. On the evening of September 24, Sunland Inc. expanded their recall to about 100 products.

October 5, 2012

The FDA announces that environmental samples taken in the Sunland Inc. nut butter production facility show the presence of Salmonella.   Subsequent analysis determined that Salmonella Bredeney with a DNA fingerprint that is the same as the outbreak strain was present in the samples. Environmental samples are samples taken from various surfaces in the production or manufacturing facility that would likely harbor bacteria.

Also, testing conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture laboratory isolated the outbreak strain from an opened jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter collected from a case-patient’s home.

On October 4, Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include all products made in the Sunland nut butter production facility between March 1, 2010 and September 24, 2012.  The company reports that it is adding 139 products to the recall, bringing the total number of products being recalled by Sunland Inc. to 240.

The expanded recall covers all previously identified Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Tahini products as well as Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. New product categories being added to the list are several varieties of flavored butters and spreads, including Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate Butter and Banana Butter.

The expanded recall adds forty-nine (49) products that are currently within the manufacturer’s recommended shelf-life, that is, the “Best-If-Used-By” dates have not expired.  The expanded recall also covers ninety (90) products consumers may still have in their homes which are older than the “Best-If-Used-By Date”.

October 13, 2012
On October 12, Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from 2 ounces to 50 pounds which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.

A list of all products being recalled by Sunland Inc. can be found in the company’s recall announcement.

As part of the continuing investigation, the FDA has been inspecting the Sunland Inc. production facilities, which include a building in which peanuts are processed and a separate building in which nut butters are made.  On October 13, FDA announced that testing has found the presence of Salmonella in raw peanuts from the peanut processing facility.  Environmental samples taken from this building also show the presence of Salmonella.


 

The product information on this web page is from company recall announcements. The recall information has not been verified by the FDA, and the FDA is not responsible for its contents. The information in this release reflects the FDA’s best efforts to communicate what it has learned from the manufacturer and the state and local public health agencies involved in the investigation. The agency will update this page as more information becomes available.

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~ by topcatsroar on October 15, 2012.

One Response to “Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts”

  1. Complete list can be found here:

    http://www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf

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