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Sep 282012

From Green Right Now Reports

The recall of Sunland nut butters now includes dozens of products.

A major recall of peanut and almond butters by Sunland has expanded to include cashew butter, tahini and other products sold under the Sunland label and a handful of house brands, such as Trader Joe’s and Sprouts.

The affected products, blamed for a scattered outbreak of salmonella, were manufactured by Sunland between May 1, 2012 and Sept. 24, 2012, are the subject of a major recall because of potential Salmonella contamination.

The recall was prompted by 29 people across 18 states being diagnosed with infections caused by Salmonella Bredeney. The victims fell ill between June and early September.

Salmonella can be fatal in children, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. Healthy people generally experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The recall includes Sunland Almond Butter and Peanut Butter, and was expanded today to include Cashew, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products.

Those whose illnesses were traced back to these products live in Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Check your products against the list of recalled items and be aware that recalled products include several items sold under the Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and Harry & David brands, as well as those carrying the Sunland label.

Nov 172011

From Green Right Now Reports

The latest food recall involves peanut butter.

Smucker's initiated a voluntary recall of its Natural chunky peanut butter.

The J.M. Smucker Company on Wednesday announced a limited voluntary recall on two batches of 16 oz.  Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

No illnesses have been reported, but internal routine testing indicated possible contamination with salmonella, which can cause fatal infections in young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Such illnesses typically begin with fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Contact the Centers for Disease Control for more information.

The batches being recalled are stamped Best If Used by August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012, and would have been purchased in November. The affected jars can also be identified by the UPC number 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code) and the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.

These jars of peanut butter were sold in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Customers who have purchased the identified Smucker’s peanut butter should discard the product and may call the company at 1-888-550-9555 with questions or for a replacement coupon on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m..

No other Smucker’s products, such as Smucker’s creamy peanut butter, are affected by this recall, according to the company.

Jan 282009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We’re now up to more than 55 products being recalled because of a salmonella outbreak in a peanut processing plant in Georgia. The recalled items all used peanut butter or peanut paste from the Peanut Corporation of America in Blakely, Ga., though most are being recalled because of the risk of contamination and not because of any confirmed taint.

However, whew! What a lesson for a society teeming with processed foods. This peanut butter, mostly delivered in tubs to large manufacturers or group facilities like nursing homes and cafeterias, was pressed, crunched, blended, pureed and melted into such a vast array of goods that itemizing its presence is taking weeks. It has turned up in cookies, snack bars, ice cream, cracker sandwiches, sports energy and nutrition bars, peanut sauces and dog biscuits.

Variety, the spice of life, and in this case, a juggernaut. Let’s hope that federal investigators can follow this blight to some sort of conclusion.

In the meantime, you’d better check out your favorite peanut butter flavored snack on the Food and Drug Administration’s recall list

You can also use the agency’s searchable database, set up to help you sort out what should be thrown out.

Finally, you can get more information about the recalls and about salmonella at the FDA’s FAQ, which contains this advice:

“If consumers cannot determine if their peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products or institutionally-served peanut butter may contain PCA peanut butter/peanut paste, FDA recommends they do not consume those products. Efforts to specifically identify products subject to the PCA recall and to continuously update consumers are ongoing.”

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Jan 202009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Food companies producing peanut snacks announced a series of voluntary recalls of their products over the weekend in the wake of a salmonella outbreak that has apparently sickened hundreds and may have contributed to six deaths over the past several months.

The snacks and foods recalled do not include name brand peanut butter in jars, but the federal Food and Drug Administration has warned that it is still identifying affected foods and that consumers should refrain from eating commercially prepared snacks with peanut butter or peanut butter served in institutional settings until further investigation is completed.

Authorities investigating the illnesses, which date back to September, said last week that they had traced the source to contaminated peanut butter and peanut paste produced in a processing plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), in Blakely, Georgia. The plant supplies nursing homes and large manufacturers. Continue reading »