Extensive Recall of Peanut Butter and Other Products with Nuts and Seeds Due to Multistate Salmonella Contamination

Sunland expanded its initial recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products (reported to you in the Oct. 1 Medical Risk Law Weekly News) to include Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.


According to the CDC, a total of 30 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney have been reported from 19 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (1), California (2), Connecticut (3), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), Texas (4), Virginia (1), and Washington (2). Four persons have been hospitalized. Illnesses that occurred after August 30, 2012, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.


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.


The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains. A number of national brands of nut butters and related products were part of the initial recall including Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen's, Joseph's, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power, Serious Food Silly Prices, Snaclite, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sunland, and Trader Joe's.


Subsequently, a number of companies recalled their products made with Sunland nuts. Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., recalled its Peanut Butter Crunch products with “Best By” dates of 02/26/13, 03/25/13, and 04/29/13. Fresh & Easy recalled several nut butters (almond, cashew, peanut, and tahini) marked with 'Best Before' dates from May 1, 2013 to September 24, 2013. Justin’s recalled certain lots of its Classic Peanut Butter 16oz jars and Honey Peanut Butter 1.15oz and .5oz single-serve squeeze packs. Harry and David recalled its 12 oz. jars of Harry & David® Crunchy Almond and Peanut Butter, Harry & David® Creamy Banana Peanut Spread, and Harry & David® Creamy Raspberry Peanut Spread with “Best By” dates of 01MAY13 through 24SEPT13, as well as the following multi-component food items which included the above-named peanut butter products as components: Harry & David® Apple Snack Box, Wolferman’s® Bee Sweet Gift Basket, Wolferman’s® Hearty Snack Gift Basket, Wolferman’s® All-Day Assortment Gift Basket, and Wolferman’s® Father’s Day Basket. Newman's Own Organics recalled certain lots of Peanut Butter Newman-O's Sandwich Crème Cookies, with expiration dates 27MAY13 and 3MAY13. Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms recalled three bulk items: Sunridge Candy - Energy Nuggets, Sunridge Candy - Peanut Butter Power Chews, and Sunridge Snack Mix - Treasure Trove Mix. Gretchen's Shoebox Express recalled Evolution Fresh Brand Cinnamon Apple & Almond Butter Sandwiches and Almond Butter. Oregon Ice Cream Company is initiating a voluntary recall of Alden's Peanut Butter 'n Chip, 48oz and Cascade Glacier Chocolate Peanut Butter, three gallon.



See the CDC Report


See the initial FDA Recall


See the related recalls:

Sunland, Inc: Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products

Chattanooga Bakery: Peanut Butter Crunch

Fresh and Easy: Nut Butter

Justin’s: Classic Peanut Butter and Honey Peanut Butter

Harry and David, LLC: Crunchy Almond and Peanut butter, Creamy Banana Peanut Spread, Creamy Raspberry Spreads

Newman’s Own Organics: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cream Cookies

Falcon Trading Company/Sunridge Farms: Peanut Products

Gretchen’s Shoebox Express: Cinamon Apple and Almond Butter Sandwiches and Almond Butter

Oregon Ice Cream Manufacturing: Alden’s Peanut Butter n Chip Ice Cream, Cascade Glacier Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream