Love that peanut butter? Check your pantry for products on the latest peanut butter recall - the list has again been expanded by 139 products.
Sunland, Inc. has voluntarily added every peanut product made in their plant in reference to the March 1, 2010 date. It has been expanded to include ALL products manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant after March 1, 2010. These products have led to around 30 cases of Salmonella poisoning in 19 states. Though none of these cases are in Georgia, the products are sold locally.
The FDA says that 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 adds ninety (90) products consumers may still have in their homes, which are older than the 'Best-If-Used-By Date.' Distribution of many of the products being added to the recall was discontinued some time ago."
All products with “Best-If-Used-By” dates of March 1, 2011 or later should be returned or discarded immediately. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to eat them and to return or dispose of them immediately. The “Best-If-Used-By” date is stamped on the side of the jar's label below the lid of the jar.
The list is extensive and the 139 additional peanut-based products include peanut butters from Arrowhead, Kirkland (Costco), and Trader Joe's.
An October 4 statement from Jimmie Shearer, President and CEO of Sunland, Inc. says:
"For 22 years Sunland has been committed to producing high quality, safe products and taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety and good health of everyone who enjoys them. We are most concerned about the individuals experiencing these recent illnesses. Sunland is dedicating all of its resources to the identification and correction of any conditions, which have created the potential for Salmonella contamination in any of our products. We are reviewing every step in our manufacturing process and are confident that the expertise being applied to the investigation will enable Sunland to take any necessary corrective measures and once again produce products that families will enjoy with confidence."
Please refer to the FDA site for the complete recall list. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to call Sunland, Inc. at 1-866-837-1018 for information on the recall.
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