Extensive Recall of Peanut Butter and Related Products Due to Multistate Salmonella Contamination Expanded to Include Raw and Roasted Peanuts

Sunland extended its recall (reported to you in the Oct. 1 Scalpel Weekly News) to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts processed in its peanut processing plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Specifically, the recall is being extended to include raw and roasted peanuts, both in-shell and shelled, which were processed in Sunland’s peanut processing plant located in Portales, New Mexico, and which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.


Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those 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 original recall included peanut butter and other nut butter products produced in a separate building from where the raw and roasted peanuts are processed. The reason for the initial voluntary recall was the potential for the recalled products to be contaminated with Salmonella. As of October 16, 2012, the total number of confirmed illnesses reported was 35, including 8 hospitalizations, from 19 states. No deaths have been reported. However, 63% of ill persons are children under the age of 10 years.


Sunland has ceased the production and distribution of all products from both its peanut butter plant and its peanut processing plant while the FDA continues its investigation.


The raw and roasted peanuts available to retail customers were distributed primarily under Sunland’s own label and were distributed primarily to produce houses and nationally to numerous large supermarket, grocery, and retail chains. The products also were available for purchase on the internet. The roasted and roasted/salted peanuts being recalled were distributed during the six month period prior to the recall date (April 12, 2012 to October 12, 2012), and will have best by/expiration dates on the packaging from October 12, 2012 through April 12, 2013. The raw peanuts being recalled (shelled and in-shell), were distributed during the twelve months prior to the recall date (October 12, 2011 to October 12, 2012), and will have either best by dates from October 12, 2012 through October 12, 2013 on the packaging, or a “Crop Year” marking on the package of 2011 or 2012, up to and including October 12, 2012.




See the CDC Report


See the Expanded Recall


See the Original Recall