The agency confirmed traces of Salmonella after it took environmental samples from the plant in Portales. (Photo : Reuters)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that Sunland Inc. added raw and roasted shell and in-shelled peanuts to its already long list of recalled products.
The plant, based in New Mexico, conducted an extensive recall starting Sept. 24 for potential contamination of Salmonella in peanut butter, cashew and almond butter products.
The FDA has released new information on the steps the organization is taking to contain the problem and what consumers need to do to protect themselves.
According to the FDA said 35 people from 19 states have been infected with the outbreak strain.
The agency confirmed traces of Salmonella after it took environmental samples from the plant in Portales.
"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," the report read.
What steps should consumers take?
The FDA says consumers should not eat the recalled product and to return any of the recalled products within their current shelf life back to its place of purchase. It said all products with "Best-if-Used-By" dates of March 1, 2011 and products within their current shelf life, Oct. 4, 2012 or later, should be discarded or returned immediately.
The report said children are more likely to get salmonellosis, as well as elderly people and those with weak immune systems.
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.
Below is a list of all companies that have sold recalled products:
- AdvancePierre Foods - Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, Peanut Butter and Jelly Graham Cracker sandwiches and Peanut Butter cup products
- Albertsons - Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream
- Belfonte Ice Cream and Dairy Foods Company - Home Run Sundae Ice Cream, Mama's Choice Reverse Peanut Butter Pie Ice Cream
- Brookshire Grocery Company - Goldenbrook Farms Peanut Butter Bash Ice Cream
- Chattanooga Bakery Inc. - MoonPie Crunch Peanut Butter product
- Clemmy's Ice Cream - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Creative Energy Foods - RidgeBar Peanut Butter Crunch,Crunch thinkThin bars
- Fairytale Brownies - Peanut Butter Brownies, Peanut Butter Sprites and Peanut Butter Cookies
- Falcon Trading Company/SunRidge Farms - Sunridge CandyEnergy Nuggets, Sunridge CandyPeanut Butter Power Chews, and SunridgeSnack MixTreasure Trove Mix;Chocolate Brownie Squares, Chocolate Double Decker Chew, Peanut Butter Crunchy with Salt-Organic, Peanut BUtter CreamyNo Salt-Organic
- Flying Food Group - Starbucks brand Protein Bistro Box
- General Mills - Cascadian Farm Granola Bars containing peanuts
- Giant Food - Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
- Gretchen's Shoebox Express - EvolutionFreshBrand Cinnamon Apple & Almond Butter Sandwiches and EvolutionFreshBrand Almond Butter;Starbucks brand Protein Bistro Box
- Harry and David - Crunchy Almond and Peanut Butter, Creamy Banana Peanut Spread, Creamy Caramel Peanut Spread, Creamy Raspberry Peanut Spread andgift baskets containing these items
- Hines Nut Company - Salted Jumbo Virginia In-Shell Peanuts
- JagRma - NuttZo Original 16oz Nut and Seed Butter
- Jer's Chocolates - Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Gourmet Jer's Squares
- Justin's - Natural Classic Peanut Butter Jars and Squeeze Packs, Organic Classic Peanut Butter Jars and Squeeze Packs, Natural Honey Peanut Butter Jars and Squeeze Packs, Organic Honey Peanut Butter Jars and Squeeze Packs, Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Jars and Squeeze Packs, Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- Kilwins Quality Confections - Sugar Free Peanut Butter Fudge
- Late July Snacks - Organic Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
- Lin-Mar Partners - Longhorn Roasted Peanut with Chocolate Energy Bars and Longhorn Peanut Butter Trail Mix Protein Bars
- Luna & Larry's - Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
- Meadow Gold Dairy - Western Family brand Creamery Select (Premium Ice Cream) Peanut Butter Cup
- Mondelēz Global LLC - Green & Black's Organic Peanut & Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Bar
- Newman's Own Organics - Peanut Butter Newman-O's Sandwich Crème Cookies
- Oregon Ice Cream Company - Alden's Peanut Butter 'n Chip Ice Cream and Cascade Glacier Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- PureFit - PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch nutrition bars
- Rich Products Corporation - Jon Donaire Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake,TCBY Peanut Buttery Fudge Deep Dish Frozen Yogurt Pie
- Smith Dairy Products Company - Smith's Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream, Acme Peanut Butter Twist Ice Cream, and Ruggles Peanut Butter Crunch and Peanut Butter Brownie Crunch Ice Cream
- Stop & Shop Supermarket Company - Late July Organic Snacks Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
- Super Store Industries - Lovin' Scoopful Super Duper Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
- Talenti Gelato - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato
- Tofts Dairy - Buckeye Bites Ice Cream
- Torn and Glasser, Inc. - Salted in-shell Peanuts and Organic Peanut Butter
- Velvet Ice Cream - Buckeye Classic ice cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup ice cream
- Whole Foods Market - Several varieties of cookies containing peanut butter, Peanut Butter Power Chews and Treasure Trove Mix, Chicken Spring Rolls and Peanut Sesame Noodles
- Xan Confections - Peanut butter chocolate products