Salmonella bacteria (Photo : Reuters)
The peanut and almond butter recall that began in September at the grocery store chain Trader Joe's is expanding.
The chain recalled peanut butter that was linked to sickening 35 people in 19 states with Salmonella.
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The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control said the store's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, which is sold nationwide, is the likely source of the outbreak.
Now, Patch reports that recall list now includes Whole Foods, GNC and Target.
The recalled almond and peanut butters were manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24. Sunland, Inc. is the manufacturer of the peanut and almond butter, which are sold under a variety of brand names, including Target's Archer Farms brand and Earth Balance, according to Patch.
The CDC reports the illness onset dates range from June 14, 2012 to Sept. 18, 2012. Those who have reported an illness age from 1 year to 79 years. Sixty-three percent of ill persons are children under the age of 10 years. Among 30 people with available information, eight patients reported being hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses that occurred after Aug. 27 may not yet be reported because of the time it takes for one to become sick.
"There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter everyday," Jimmie Shearer, president and CEO of Sunland, Inc. said in a statement. "While FDA, CDC, and State Health Agencies investigate to confirm the cause of illnesses reported, as a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall our Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012.
Salmonella symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can cause particularly nasty infections in the very young or old and people with weakened immune systems.
Click here for a full list of recalled products.