The peanut and almond butter contamination is all over the news. New Mexico-based Sunland Inc., the makers of Trader Joe’s peanut butter, expanded its recall this week to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products.
The new products that have been recalled include varieties of cookies sold at Whole Foods, peanut butter cracker snacks sold at Stop & Shop supermarkets, and various ice cream and chocolate snack products. Altogether, 101 products have been recalled.
Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands manufactured by Sunland, was found to be contaminated with the salmonella virus and that triggered a recall of other products of Sunland. This recall would certainly be tough for the company in terms of plunging revenues.
Those who are interested in finding out about the full list of products which have been recalled can log on to the Food and Drug Administration web site for details.
According to Ozarks First, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there are now 30 illnesses in 19 states that were spread from Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Fortunately, no other product has been associated with the virus, but to be on the safe side, the company recalled other products that were manufactured from the same equipment.
CDC revealed that two thirds of those who became ill were children under the age of 10 and thankfully no deaths have been reported. People need to beware of the symptoms of the salmonella virus. The virus causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection, which is known as salmonellosis. If any such symptoms are seen or observed, immediate medical help should be sought.
Just to be on the safe side, people are advised to use peanut butter and related products with caution and avoid getting peanut butter from Whole Foods Market, Target, Fresh & Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and several other stores.