If peanut butter is your jam, be on the lookout for some recalls this week. Last Friday, Trader Joe’s made headlines when it announced a voluntary recall of its Salted Valencia Peanut Butter on suspicioun of it containing a rare strain of salmonella.
Since then, Trader Joe’s peanut butter producer, Sunland Inc., has followed suit after several people were reported sick.
The company recalled all of the nut-based spreads it sells to other companies, including Target’s Archer Farms and Earth Balance.
The nut butter recall initially included only peanut and almond butter, but was extended to include cashew butter, tahini, and roasted blanched peanut products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012.
As reported by the NPR’s ‘The Salt,’ the recall was initiated after Sunland learned that 29 people were reported having the illness Salmonella Bredeny PFGE in approximately 18 states. Those states included 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 a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As one might imagine based on the price of individually-sold nuts, the cost of this recall isn’t cheap. However, for Sunland it was the only logical decision to make. In a press release issued by the company, Sunland CEO and president, Jimmie Shearer said, “There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter every day.”.
For consumers who may have purchased any of the recalled nut butters – which can be found in the press release on Sunland’s website – the company warns not to consume it and to either dispose of it or return it to the store for a full refund. To contact Sunland directly, call 1-866-837-1018, which the company lists as an information line that operates 24 hours a day.
For those who may have already consumed some of the affected nut butter, common symptoms of salmonella poisoning may include diarrhea, abdominal dramas and fever within 72 hours of consumption. Salmonella poisoning can be potentially severe and even fatal for infants, elderly, pregnant woman and those with weak immune systems. Seek immediate care if you’re experienced any of these symptoms.