Texas Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Lawyer

September 26, 2012 — The New Mexico-based company Sunland Inc. has announced a recall of 76 different types of peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, tahini, and roasted blanched products with “best by” dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. The products are potentially contaminated with salmonella, in an outbreak that has been linked to 30 cases of salmonella food poisoning in 19 states. The outbreak was first traced to Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia peanut butter, which has been removed from store shelves.


Trader Joe’s received the peanut butter products from Sunland, and the company is now recalling many of its other products that were manufactured in the same facility, on the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s products. Sunland said that the company is issuing the recall out of “an abundance of caution,” because there are no confirmed illnesses linked to the other products. They recommend that customers who have purchased the products should not eat them, and the products should be thrown away or returned to the supermarket.

Sunland has also shut down the facility to check for salmonella contamination on their manufacturing equipment.

The following brands are manufactured at Sunland facilities:

  • Archer Farms — almond butter, peanut butter with flax seeds
  • Earth Balance — almond butter and flaxseed
  • Fresh & Easy — almond butter, peanut butter, peanut butter cups
  • Heinen’s — peanut butter
  • Joseph’s — peanut butter
  • Natural Value — peanut butter
  • Naturally More — almond butter, peanut butter (gluten free vegan)
  • Open Nature — peanut butter
  • Serious Food, Silly Prices — almond butter, peanut butter, tahini
  • Snaclite Power PB
  • Sprouts Farmers Market — peanut butter, almond butter
  • Sunland Natural — peanut butter, almond butter, blanched peanuts, mixed nut butter, creamy banana spread, chocolate spread, raspberry spread, creamy dark chocolate, crunchy chipotle chile, roasted sesame
  • Dogsbutter RUC — peanut butter with flax
  • Trader Joe’s — valencia peanut butter, almond butter
  • Harry & David — almond butter, peanut butter, raspberry peanut spread, banana peanut spread

Click here for a full list of recalled products.

The strain of salmonella linked to the outbreak is Salmonella Bredeney. The states involved in the outbreak include: Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe, sometimes fatal illness in children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems. Healthy adults typically suffer nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea, which may last for up to seven days. In rare cases, salmonella food poisoning can cause blood infections or life-threatening dehydration that requires hospital treatment.

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