Sunland Announces Recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination and Illness Reported in 18 States

Sunland’s Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products, manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012, have been recalled because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, according to a report issued on September 22, 2012 by the CDC.


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 recall applies to products with Best-If-Used-By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013 (stamped on the side of the jar's label below the lid of the jar).


The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains. A number of national brands of nut butters and related products are part of the 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.


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