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





EDITOR'S NOTE:  THIS RECALL WAS SO PERVASIVE  THAT WE FEEL WE MUST SPREAD THE WORD. YES MANY DOG TREATS WERE ALSO EFFECTED, GENERALLY TASTY TUESDAY IS ABOUT SAFE, WONDERFUL FOOD. WE ARE SORRY THAT WE HAVE TO INTRODUCE THIS INFORMATION. BUT IF YOU USE PEANUT BUTTER THAT IS STORE BOUGHT... YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS.


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





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

Posted November 26, 2012 
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November 26, 2012 - The FDA suspends Sunland Inc.’s Food Facility Registration; Facility Prohibited from Distributing Food  
In the interest of protecting public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suspended the food facility registration of Sunland Inc., a producer of nuts, and nut and seed spreads.  Registration with the FDA is required for any facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for consumption in the United States.  If a facility’s registration is suspended, that facility is prohibited from introducing food into interstate or intrastate commerce.
The fact that peanut butter made by the company has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney that has sickened 41 people in 20 states, coupled with Sunland’s history of violations led FDA to make the decision to suspend the company’s registration.  
This was the FDA’s first use of its registration suspension authority, under the Food Safety Modernization Act. This new authority enables the agency to take this action when food manufactured, processed, packed, received, or held by a facility has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals, and other conditions are met.
A review of Sunland Inc.’s product testing records showed that 11 product lots of nut butter showed the presence of Salmonella between June 2009 and September 2012.  Between March 2010 and September 2012, at least a portion of 8 product lots of nut butter that Sunland Inc.’s own testing program identified as containing Salmonella was distributed by the company to consumers.    
Additionally, during its inspection of the plant in September and October 2012, the FDA found the presence of Salmonella in 28 environmental samples (from surfaces in production or manufacturing areas) and in 13 nut butter product samples and one product sample of raw peanuts.  Four of the peanut butter product samples showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.   
The suspension order offers Sunland, Inc. the opportunity to request an informal hearing on certain issues related to the order.  If, after providing this opportunity, the FDA determines that the suspension remains necessary, the FDA will require Sunland, Inc. to submit a corrective action plan to address the immediate problems and to implement a sustainable solution to those problems in a sound scientific manner.  The FDA will reinstate Sunland, Inc.’s registration only when FDA determines that the company has implemented procedures to produce safe products.  
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.
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 41 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney from 20 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.  
Additionally, FDA analysis has confirmed that peanut butter made in the Sunland nut butter facility shows the presence of Salmonella with a DNA fingerprint that is the same as the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney. 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 inspected 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.   
On November 14, the FDA made the observations from its recent inspection of Sunland Inc. publicly available.  This inspection was conducted between September 17 and October 16, 2012, and became part of the investigation of the Salmonella Bredeney outbreak linked to peanut butter made by Sunland Inc.
During this inspection investigators found that conditions in the company’s facility, the company’s manufacturing processes, and the company’s testing program for Salmonella may have allowed peanut butter that contained Salmonella to be distributed by the company.  
The FDA found that between June of 2009 and August of 2012, Sunland Inc. had distributed, or cleared for distribution, portions of 11 lots, or daily production runs,  of peanut or almond butter after its own testing program identified the presence of at least one of nine different Salmonella types (Arapahoe, Bredeney, Cerro, Dallgow, Kubacha, Mbandaka, Meleagridis, Newport, and Teddington) in those lots.  Two of these lots showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.  
Equally important, five product samples collected and analyzed by FDA from Sunland Inc. showed the presence of Salmonella, but had not been identified as containing Salmonella by Sunland Inc.’s internal testing.  Among those products were peanut butter and shelled raw peanuts.  Two of these samples showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.  
Additionally, during its inspection of the plant in September and October 2012, the FDA found the presence of Salmonella in 28 environmental samples.  Three of these samples showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.  
Upon identifying the contaminated peanut butter, FDA investigators informed the company and called for corrective action.  On October 4, 2012 Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include all products made in the Sunland Inc. nut butter production facility between March 1, 2010 and September 24, 2012.  
Upon identifying the contaminated shelled raw peanuts, FDA investigators informed the company and again called for corrective action.  On October 12, 2012 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.   
Additionally, investigators found that employees improperly handled equipment, containers, and utensils used to hold and store food. Employees handling peanut products wiped gloved hands on street clothes and other times failed to wash their hands or change gloves. There were no hand washing sinks in the peanut processing building production or packaging areas and employees had bare-handed contact with ready-to-package peanuts.  
There were no records documenting the cleaning of production equipment.  The super-sized bags used by the firm to store peanuts were not cleaned despite being used for both raw and roasted peanuts.  There was a leaking sink in a washroom which resulted in water accumulating on the floor, and the plant is not built to allow floors, walls and ceilings to be adequately cleaned.  
Finally, investigators found that raw materials were exposed to potential contamination.  Raw, in-shell peanuts were found outside the plant in uncovered trailers. Birds were observed landing in the trailers and the peanuts were exposed to rain, which provides a growth environment for Salmonella and other bacteria.  Inside the warehouse, facility doors were open to the outside, which could allow pests to enter.    
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 companiesConsumers 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:
As a convenience, FDA has provided a list of products recalled by Sunland Inc., as found on the company’s press release.  
UPC or Item #Item DescriptionItem Weight
AC223American Choice Creamy Peanut Butter6 x 5 lb
AC222American Choice Crunchy Peanut Butter6 x 5 lb
8523902336Archer Farms Almond, Peanut & Cashew Butter16 oz
8523902334Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter16 oz
8523920335Archer Farms Creamy Cashew Butter16 oz
085239021743Archer Farms Creamy Cinnamon Peanut Butter12 oz
085239021750Archer Farms Creamy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter12 oz
085239023310Archer Farms Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
085239264409Archer Farms Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
085239020531Archer Farms Creamy Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter12 oz
085239023327Archer Farms Crunchy Peanut Butter16 oz
085239264508Archer Farms Crunchy Peanut Butter16 oz
085239021422Archer Farms No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter12 oz
085239015308Archer Farms No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter12 oz
085239020302Archer Farms Organic Chunky Peanut Butter12 oz
085239020203Archer Farms Organic Creamy Peanut Butter12 oz
8523902333Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds16 oz
47046Arrowhead Mills Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
074333470588Arrowhead Mills Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter15 lb
074333470380Arrowhead Mills Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter15 lb
074333470052Arrowhead Mills Organic Sesame Tahini16 oz
815369011594Cadia All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter18 oz
815369010993Cadia All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter No Stir18 oz
815369011600Cadia All Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter18 oz
815369011006Cadia All Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter No Stir18 oz
815369011181Cadia All Natural Unsalted Creamy Almond Butter18 oz
815369011167Cadia All Natural Unsalted Creamy Peanut Butter18 oz
815369011174Cadia All Natural Unsalted Crunchy Peanut Butter18 oz
22722Creamy Peanut Butter15 lb
26704Creamy Sugar Butter5 lb
25704Crunchy Sugar Butter5 lb
3050Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB16 oz
3377610090Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed16 oz
20003395fresh & easy Creamy Almond Butter16 oz
51379022525fresh & easy Creamy Cashew Butter16 oz
20003364fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter18 oz
5051379032494fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter6 / 2 oz
51379026431fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter40 oz
3248Fresh & Easy Creamy Peanut Butter Cups72 / 2 oz
51379022518fresh & easy Crunchy Almond Butter16 oz
20003371fresh & easy Crunchy Peanut Butter18 oz
51379041625fresh & easy goodness Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter8 / 1.1 oz cups
20003357fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt16 oz
20003388fresh & easy Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt16 oz
8099473871Harry & David Creamy Banana Peanut Spread12 oz
780994757868Harry & David Creamy Caramel Peanut Spread12 oz
8099473872Harry & David Creamy Raspberry Peanut Spread12 oz
8099473873Harry & David Crunchy Almond and Peanut Butter12 oz
2060140048heinen's All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy16 oz
2060140047heinen's All Natural Peanut Butter, Crunchy16 oz
2060140046heinen's Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy16 oz
2060140045heinen's Organic Peanut Butter, Crunchy16 oz
3307915072Joseph's Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter18 oz
3307915073Joseph's Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter18 oz
096619124497Kirkland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy40 oz
048687309177Kirkland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter28 oz
No UPC; M10101Mega Raw Oriental Produce Wholesaler - Valencia Peanuts50 lb
No UPC; M76101Mega Raw Oriental Produce Wholesaler - Valencia Peanuts50 lb
5VR3023099Multiple Organics Certified Organic Valencia Peanuts-Dry Roasted30 lb
910053Natural Value Creamy Peanut Butter/Salt15 lb
706173011057Natural Value Creamy Salted 100% Organic Peanut Butter18 oz
910145Natural Value Creamy Salted Peanut Butter5 lb
706173011033Natural Value Creamy Unsalted 100% Natural Peanut Butter18 oz
706173011019Natural Value Creamy Unsalted 100% Organic Peanut Butter18 oz
910060Natural Value Crunchy Peanut Butter/Salt15 lb
706173011064Natural Value Crunchy Salted 100% Organic Peanut Butter18 oz
706173011040Natural Value Crunchy Unsalted 100% Natural Peanut Butter18 oz
706173011026Natural Value Crunchy Unsalted 100% Organic Peanut Butter18 oz
909057Natural Value Organic Creamy Peanut Butter5 lb
909095Natural Value Organic Creamy Peanut Butter15 lb
910039Natural Value Organic Creamy Peanut Butter w/Salt15 lb
910121Natural Value Organic Creamy Salted Peanut Butter5 lb
909064Natural Value Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter5 lb
909101Natural Value Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter15 lb
910046Natural Value Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter w/Salt15 lb
910114Natural Value Organic Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter5 lb
No UPC; 910169Natural Value Raw30 lb
No UPC; 910152Natural Value Raw Organic30 lb
No UPC; 910107Natural Value Roasted Organic25 lb
5859500019Naturally More Almond Butter16 oz
5859500019Naturally More Almond Butter16 oz
5859500020Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter16 oz
5859500020Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter16 oz
5859500033Naturally More Peanut Butter Crunchy16 oz
5859500050Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan16 oz
5859500055Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan26 oz
7989311202Open Nature Crunchy Peanut Butter16 oz
7989311201Open Nature Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
5855200003Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula16 oz
5855200007Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula4 lb
0-48687-11216-6Roasted Valencia Peanuts2 oz
0-48687-12206-6Salted & Roasted Valencia Peanuts1 lb
847921004409Serious Food Silly Prices Cashew Butter Creamy12 oz
847921004416Serious Food Silly Prices Cashew Butter Crunchy12 oz
4792100444Serious Food Silly Prices Tahini12 oz
4792100442Serious Food, Silly Prices Almond Butter Creamy12 oz
4792100438Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy16 oz
4792100439Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy16 oz
4792100436Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy16 oz
4792100434Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy16 oz
4792100435Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy16 oz
4792100432Serious Food, Silly Prices, Peanut Butter, Creamy16 oz
847921004430Serious Food…Silly Prices Almond Butter Crunchy12oz
847921004379Serious Food…Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter Crunchy16oz
847921004331Serious Food…Silly Prices Peanut Butter Crunchy16oz
8506000004Snaclite Power PB16 oz
7487500433Sprout's Creamy Almond Butter16 oz
7487500336Sprout's Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
7487500431Sprout's Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
7487500434Sprout's Crunchy Almond Butter16 oz
7487500337Sprout's Crunchy Peanut Butter16 oz
7487500334Sprouts Farmers Market Creamy Peanut Butter, No Salt16 oz
7487500335Sprouts Farmers Market Crunchy Peanut Butter, No Salt16 oz
874875004322Sprouts Tahini Butter16 oz
646670304316Sun Harvest Natural Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter18oz
646670304392Sun Harvest Natural Creamy Peanut Butter18oz
646670304293Sun Harvest Natural Creamy Roasted Almond Butter16 oz
646670304972Sun Harvest Natural Crunchy Mixed Nut Butter16 oz
646670304378Sun Harvest Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter18 oz
646670304279Sun Harvest Natural Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter16 oz
646670304354Sun Harvest Organic Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
646670304330Sun Harvest Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter16 oz
0-4868718206-0Sunland 100% Organic Raw Valencia Peanuts1 lb
56906Sunland Almond & Valencia Mixed Nuts Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
72704Sunland Almond Butter5 lb
060301Sunland Banana Peanut Butter50 lb
060527Sunland Banana Peanut Butter500 lb
073301Sunland Chocolate PB50 lb
073527Sunland Chocolate PB500 lb
072725Sunland Creamy Almond Butter40 lb
26725Sunland Creamy Butter40 lb
26570Sunland Creamy Dark Roast Peanut Butter500 lb
4868790301Sunland Creamy Natural Stabilized Peanut Butter50 lb
086527Sunland Creamy No Stir500 lb
4868786704Sunland Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter5 lb
048687263011Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter50 lb
081725Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
086301Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter50 lb
22704Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter5 lb
22705Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
22725Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
26527Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter500 lb
36527Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter500 lb
47730Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter30 lb
4868726909Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter18 oz
4868726910Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter12 oz
4868786724Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter35 lb
4898732722Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter15 lb
4868709915Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt40 oz
72048687866165Sunland Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter Cups72 / 2 oz
87725Sunland Crunchy Natural Stabilized Peanut Butter40 lb
048687259090Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter18 oz
21705Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter40 lb
4868721722Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter15 lb
4898731722Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter15 lb
048687548132Sunland Dark Chocolate Organic Creamy Peanut Butter10 oz
62725Sunland Dark Roast Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
4868784301Sunland Extra Stabilized Organic Creamy Peanut Butter50 lb
56704Sunland Mixed Nuts Creamy Peanut Butter5 lb
4868772906Sunland Natural Almond Butter, Creamy Roasted Almond16 oz
22527Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter500 lb
48687009704Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter5 lb
4868767909Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter18 oz
21704Sunland Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter6 x 5 lb
48687009778Sunland Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter5 lb
21724Sunland Natural Crunchy Valencia No Salt Peanut Butter50 lb
4868757906Sunland Natural Mixed Nut Butter, Crunchy Almonds and Peanuts16 oz
044725Sunland Natural Peanut Butter40 lb
048687607549Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Banana500 g
048687600724Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Banana - Squeeze Pack1.1 oz
048687599066Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Caramel Spread16 oz
048687540723Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Chocolate1.1oz
048687547548Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Chocolate500 g
4868722906Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Salt Free Valencia16 oz
048687340729Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Valencia1.1oz
4868786906Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Valencia No Stir16 oz
4868787906Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Crunchy Valencia No Stir16 oz
48687867349Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Valencia Creamy500 g
048687877348Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Valencia Crunchy500 g
4868760906Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Banana Spread16 oz
4868773906Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Chocolate Spread16 oz
4868761906Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Raspberry Spread16 oz
4868771906Sunland Natural Tahini, Creamy Roasted Sesame16 oz
C47810Sunland Onion Parsley Peanut Butter375 g
048687528295Sunland Organic Cinnamon Currant Creamy Peanut Butter375 g
4868788704Sunland Organic Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter5 lb
4868722715Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
4868730725Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
4868732704Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter5 lb
4868732723Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter32 lb
4868732724Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter35 lb
048687329700Sunland Organic Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter16 oz
4868731724Sunland Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter35 lb
4868735723Sunland Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter32 lb
4868735724Sunland Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter w/Salt35 lb
048687319701Sunland Organic Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter16 oz
048687898299Sunland Organic Dark Chocolate Creamy Peanut Butter375 g
10107Sunland Organic Raw Inshell25 lb
11109Sunland Organic Roasted In Shell Peanuts25 lb
0-48687-79105-7Sunland Organic Roasted In Shell Peanuts2 lb
11107Sunland Organic Roasted Inshell Peanuts25 lb
048687508105Sunland Organic Thai Ginger Crunchy Peanut Butter375 g
50704Sunland Organic Thai Ginger Peanut Butter5 lb
048687328093Sunland Organic Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter500 g
048687318094Sunland Organic Valencia Crunchy Peanut Butter500 g
048687508105Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter Creamy Thai Ginger & Red Pepper12 oz
4868732810Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy12 oz
4868755810Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy Cherry Vanilla12 oz
4868754810Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy Dark Chocolate12 oz
4868731810Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Crunchy12 oz
4868747810Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Crunchy Chipotle Chile12 oz
41331Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Bar Ready Peanuts30 lb
41333Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Granulated Peanuts30 lb
41334Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Granulated Peanuts30 lb
41330Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Peanuts30 lb
83326Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted Blanched and Salted Peanuts30 lb
0-48687-79105-7Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted Peanuts2 lb
048687558292Sunland Organic Vanilla Cranberry Creamy Peanut Butter375 g
55813Sunland Organic Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter10 oz
29725Sunland Pecan Deluxe Creamy Peanut Butter40 lb
28725Sunland Pecan Deluxe Crunchy Peanut Butter40 lb
4868700103Sunland Raw Organic Valencia Peanuts50 lb
10108Sunland Raw In Shell25 lb
0-48687-10101-6Sunland Raw In Shell Peanuts50 lb
607Sunland Raw Red Skin Runners Peanuts30 lb
No UPC; 077101Sunland Raw Salted InShell Virginia50 lb
403Sunland Raw Shelled Organic Peanuts30 lb
400Sunland Raw Shelled Peanuts50 lb
404Sunland Raw Shelled Peanuts30 lb
402Sunland Raw Shelled Wildlife (Not for Human)50 lb
4868700100Sunland Raw Valencia Peanuts50 lb
104Sunland Raw Valencia Peanuts25 lb
0-48687-10206-8Sunland Raw Valencia Peanuts1 lb
0-48687-10215-0Sunland Raw Valencia Peanuts2 lb
4868700101Sunland Raw Valencia Peanuts - Export50 lb
0-48687-76101-2Sunland Raw Virginia Reg Jumbo InShell50 lb
4868763326Sunland Roasted and Blanched Bar Ready Runner Peanuts30 lb
4868741325Sunland Roasted and Blanched Granulated Peanuts30 lb
4868763329Sunland Roasted and Blanched Granulated Runner Peanuts30 lb
4868763325Sunland Roasted and Blanched Runner Peanuts30 lb
16326Sunland Roasted Blanched Honey Peanuts30 lb
2370230000Sunland Roasted Blanched Organic Spanish Peanuts30 lb
0-48687-11102-2Sunland Roasted In Shell Peanuts25 lb
11108Sunland Roasted In Shell Peanuts25 lb
0-48687-19206-9Sunland Roasted Organic Peanuts1 lb
0-48687-79131-6Sunland Roasted Organic Peanuts-French2 lb
0-48687-11101-5Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts50 lb
0-48687-11103-9Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts10 lb
0-48687-11104-4Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts5 lb
0-48687-11105-3Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts2 lb
0-48687-11206-7Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts1 lb
0-48687-11210-4Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts12 oz
0-48687-11215-9Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts2 lb
0-48687-11217-3Sunland Roasted Valencia Peanuts4 oz
11112Sunland Roasted Virginia In Shell Peanuts25 lb
No UPC; 011220Sunland Roasted Virginia Peanuts50 lb
0-48687-12108-3Sunland Salted Inshell Bulk in Box25 lb
0-48687-12110-6Sunland Salted Inshell Bulk Organic in Box25 lb
0-48687-12112-0Sunland Salted Inshell in Box Virginia Peanuts25 lb
0-48687-80105-0Sunland Salted Organic Peanuts2 lb
0-48687-20206-5Sunland Salted Organic Peanuts1 lb
0-48687-80131-2Sunland Salted Organic Peanuts-French2 lb
302Sunland Salted Roasted Virginia Peanuts50 lb
0-48687-12101-4Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts50 lb
0-48687-12102-1Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts25 lb
0-48687-12103-8Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts10 lb
0-48687-12104-5Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts5 lb
0-48687-12210-3Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts12 oz
0-48687-12215-8Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts2 lb
0-48687-12216-5Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts2 oz
0-48687-12217-2Sunland Salted Valencia Peanuts4 oz
4868771725Sunland Sesame Tahini40 lb
0-48687-13212-6Sunland Shelled Raw Valencia Peanuts3 lb
0-48687-13210-2Sunland Shelled Raw Valencia Peanuts12 oz
0-48687-14909-4Sunland Shelled Roasted Valencia Peanuts18 oz
0-48687-15909-3Sunland Shelled Salted Valencia Peanuts18 oz
401Sunland Shelled Split Peanuts50 lb
71704Sunland Tahini Butter6 x 5 lb
048687349708Sunland TruePB Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter16 oz
048687339709Sunland TruePB Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter16 oz
C22809Sunland Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter500 g
048687318131Sunland Valencia Crunchy Organic Peanut Butter10 oz
048687219063Sunland Valencia Natural Crunchy16 oz
048687328130Sunland Valencia Organic Creamy Peanut Butter10 oz
048687229093Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter Creamy18 oz
048687866281Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter Creamy6 / 2 oz
048687219094Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter Crunchy18 oz
4868785920Sunland Valencia Peanut Sauce36 oz
0-48687-10102-3Sunland Valencia Raw Peanuts25 lb
10103Sunland Valencia Raw Peanuts10 lb
0-48687-10105-4Sunland Valencia Raw Peanuts2 lb
0-48687-10104-7Sunland Valencia Raw Peanuts5 lb
0-48687-12105-2Sunland Valencia Roasted & Salted Peanuts2 lb
41320Sunland Valencia Roasted and Blanched30 lb
41321Sunland Valencia Roasted and Blanched Bar Ready Peanuts30 lb
41322Sunland Valencia Roasted and Blanched Wildlife30 lb
41323Sunland Valencia Roasted Blanched Salted30 lb
No UPC; 022601The Nut Shop Roasted Valencia Peanuts7 oz
No UPC; 022602The Nut Shop Salted and Roasted Valencia Peanuts7 oz
940795Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted16 oz
00819558Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Peanut Butter16 oz
00915878Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter16 oz
00819534Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter16oz
00915816Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy Unsalted Peanut Butter16 oz
971119Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter with Sea Salt16 oz
989275Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted16 oz
No UPC; 000211Treasured Harvest Valencia Peanuts25 lb
No UPC; 000212Treasured Harvest Valencia Peanuts50 lb
891317002210Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter16 oz
891317002326Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter26 oz
1A733Yogurtland Dark Roast Peanut Butter with Flax45 lb
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. 
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. 
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. 
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 inspected 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
November 14, 2012   
The FDA has made the observations from its recent inspection of Sunland Inc. publicly available.  This inspection was conducted between September 17 and October 16, 2012, and became part of the investigation of the Salmonella Bredeney outbreak linked to peanut butter made by Sunland Inc.
During this inspection investigators found that conditions in the company’s facility, the company’s manufacturing processes, and the company’s testing program for Salmonella may have allowed peanut butter that contained Salmonella to be distributed by the company.  
The FDA found that between June of 2009 and August of 2012, Sunland Inc. had distributed, or cleared for distribution, portions of 11 lots, or daily production runs,  of peanut or almond butter after its own testing program identified the presence of at least one of nine different Salmonella types (Arapahoe, Bredeney, Cerro, Dallgow, Kubacha, Mbandaka, Meleagridis, Newport, and Teddington) in those lots.  Two of these lots showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.  
Equally important, five product samples collected and analyzed by FDA from Sunland Inc. showed the presence of Salmonella, but had not been identified as containing Salmonella by Sunland Inc.’s internal testing.  Among those products were peanut butter and shelled raw peanuts.  Two of these samples showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.  
Additionally, during its inspection of the plant in September and October 2012, the FDA found the presence of Salmonella in 28 environmental samples.  Three of these samples showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.  
Upon identifying the contaminated peanut butter, FDA investigators informed the company and called for corrective action.  On October 4, 2012 Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include all products made in the Sunland Inc. nut butter production facility between March 1, 2010 and September 24, 2012.  
Upon identifying the contaminated shelled raw peanuts, FDA investigators informed the company and again called for corrective action.  On October 12, 2012 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.   
Additionally, investigators found that employees improperly handled equipment, containers, and utensils used to hold and store food. Employees handling peanut products wiped gloved hands on street clothes and other times failed to wash their hands or change gloves. There were no hand washing sinks in the peanut processing building production or packaging areas and employees had bare-handed contact with ready-to-package peanuts.  
There were no records documenting the cleaning of production equipment.  The super-sized bags used by the firm to store peanuts were not cleaned despite being used for both raw and roasted peanuts.  There was a leaking sink in a washroom which resulted in water accumulating on the floor, and the plant is not built to allow floors, walls and ceilings to be adequately cleaned.  
Finally, investigators found that raw materials were exposed to potential contamination.  Raw, in-shell peanuts were found outside the plant in uncovered trailers. Birds were observed landing in the trailers and the peanuts were exposed to rain, which provides a growth environment for Salmonella and other bacteria.  Inside the warehouse, facility doors were open to the outside, which could allow pests to enter.  


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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terriertorrent said...

First the Chinese chicken jerky, now it's peanut butter...This just shows how important it is for us to be alert and aware in protecting our fourleggers from some of the scary bad stuff out there...and i was actually surprised to see ice cream on the list...i'd never thought about the P.B. in ice cream before...Thanks for sharing