Updated Press Release from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection:
Following a move by Trader Joe’s stores to voluntarily recall Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, new information from the Food and Drug Administration indicates that Sunland, Inc. a producer of several brands and types of nut butter products, has also voluntarily recalled a number of its products.
“This expanded recall affects a far greater number of brands than earlier believed, and it’s important that consumers, school cafeterias, restaurants, hospitals and other food preparation sites check their cabinets for these recalled items,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said. “Anyone who has any of the recalled nut butters should not eat them, but return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. The Department will work to oversee and ensure compliance with this recall.”
According to Sunland, Inc., almond butter and peanut butter products, manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012 may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.
Three people in Connecticut reported Salmonella illnesses while a total of 29 in the United States have fallen sick since June.
Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-837-1018, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall. Information on the recall can also be found here.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.