From Green Right Now Reports
A recall of Sunland Inc.’s peanut butter and other nut butters, which have been potentially contaminated with salmonella, has been expanded to include raw and roasted peanuts.
This is the second expansion of the recall, which began with peanut and other nut butters, and now also includes some ice creams, snack bars and chocolate bars containing peanuts from the affected processing plant in Portales, New Mexico.
The Food & Drug Administration continues to investigate the contamination case, which surfaced in mid-September after investigators traced a salmonella case to peanut butter sold by Trader Joe’s groceries.
The initial investigation led to the recall of several varieties of nut butters. Then it was expanded to include 240 products made at the nut butter plant between March 1, 2010 and September 24, 2012.
On Oct. 12, the company added whole peanuts sold in packages ranging from 2 ounces to 50 pounds to the recall list. The recalled peanuts include these roasted and raw peanuts:
- 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.
Purchasers of these peanuts should discard them or return them to the store for a refund.
So far 35 people from 19 states have been infected with the Salmonella Bredeney traced to peanuts and other nut products produced by Sunland.
The disease typically produces diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps forfour to seven days, and can result in more severe illness in small children, the elderly or people with impaired immune systems. If it spreads to the bloodstream it can be fatal.
The recalled items are sold online and by several groceries, turning up in products sold by Whole Foods Markets, Walmart and Harry & David.
Check the full list of recalled items at the FDA website.
Investigators have reported finding the offending strain of salmonella at a Sunland processing plant, but have released few details of their inquiry.