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Peanut Butter Recalls Expanded

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The massive peanut butter recall that began last month with Trader Joe's brands, has not been expanded to include peanut butter sold at Whole Foods and Target. According to this article by CBS News, New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. announced on October 1 that it was expanding its recall to include cashew butters, tahini, and blanched and roasted peanut products sold at many U.S. supermarkets.

The expanded recall includes peanut butter cookies sold at Whole Foods, peanut butter cracker snacks sold at Stop & Shop supermarkets, and various ice cream and chocolate snack products. To date, the Sunland peanut butter recall includes 101 products, and several retailers have issued additional recalls including items made with Sunland ingredients.

Sunland Inc. recalled several peanut butter products sold under multiple brand names after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands manufactured by Sunland. The recall was then expanded last week to include other peanut and almond butter products manufactured by Sunland.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 illnesses have been reported in 19 states that can be traced to the Trader Joe's peanut butter. To date, illnesses have not been linked to other products, but Sunland has recalled the additional products and brands because they were manufactured on the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product.

Salmonella is a foodborne illness that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within a few hours to a few days following infection. Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to salmonella illnesses. Salmonellosis is responsible for an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illnesses and more than 400 deaths in the United States each year.

In addition to Trader Joe's, the recall includes nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Fresh & Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and several other stores. Brand names recalled include the following, among others:

  • Archer Farms

  • Earth Balance

  • Fresh & Easy

  • Late July

  • Heinen's

  • Joseph's

  • Natural Value

  • Naturally More

  • Open Nature

  • Peanut Power Butter

  • Serious Food

  • Snaclite Power

  • Sprouts Farmers Market

  • Sprout's

  • Sunland

  • Dogsbutter

Several manufacturers announced recalls of peanut butter-related products in light of the expanded recall.  For instance, Stop & Shop has advised customers to avoid Late July Organic Snacks organic mini peanut butter sandwich crackers with sell-by-dates between May 19, 2013 through July 11, 2013 and Newman's Own Organics recalled 8-ounce and 13-pounce packs of Peanut Butter Newman-O's cookies with expiration dates of May 3 and May 27, 2013.

Whole Foods voluntarily pulled Treasure Trove Mix and Peanut Butter Power Chews bulk items in seven Florida stores and one southern California store. Fairytale Brownies pulled peanut butter brownies and cookies manufactured by Sunland. Jer's Chocolates recalled some of its Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Gourmet Jer's Squares produced through Sept. 24, 2012.

If your or a loved one has suffered an illness after consuming the recalled peanut butter or a related product, you may wish to contact the experienced Illinois product liability attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to learn about a possible personal injury or product liability claim.


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