Los Angeles News
101 Products Recalled Due To Outbreak
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Oct 2, 2012 - 11:22:14 AM

LOS ANGELES—A salmonella outbreak from a Trader Joe's brand of peanut butter has caused the maker of the product to recall 101 products that contain nuts.
Photo courtesy of the FDA

Sunland Inc., a New Mexico-based company, has expanded the recall to include almond butter, cashew butters, tahini, and blanched and roasted products.

Some of the newer products that have been added to the recall are a variety of cookies sold at Whole Foods that contain peanut butter, peanut butter cracker snacks sold at Stop & Shop supermarkets, and various ice cream and chocolate snack products. Overall, Sunland Inc. has recalled 101 products and several retailers have issued additional recalls for items that were made with Sunland ingredients.

The company sells its nuts and nut butters to large groceries as well as other distributors around the nation. The recall began when Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter made with sea salt was linked to salmonella illnesses.

"Public health investigators are using DNA 'fingerprints' of Salmonella bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or PFGE, to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak," stated the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "They are using data from PulseNet, the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories that performs molecular surveillance of foodborne infections."

The CDC reported 30 illnesses in 19 states that are traced back to the Trader Joe's peanut butter from June 11 to September 11. No other food has been linked to the illnesses. However, Sunland recalled products that were manufactured on the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product.

Of the 30 that became ill, almost two-thirds were children under the age of ten. No deaths have been reported.
Salmonella is most dangerous for children and the elderly due to weak immune systems. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection, known as salmonellis.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, salmonella is a microscopic bacteria that passes from feces of people or animals to other people. The bacteria causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of food bourne illnesses and over 400 deaths a year in the United States.

To view the full list of products that have been recalled, go to the Food and Drug Administration's website.

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