Recalls

Nut product recall expands to major grocery stores including Target, Fresh & Easy, Whole Foods

Monday, October 01, 2012
Peanut butter file photo.

Peanut butter file photo. (KABC Photo)

Some of the nation's largest grocery stores, including Target, Whole Foods Markets and Fresh & Easy, are pulling store-brand products off their shelves as the recall of peanut butter and other nut products expands.

Sunland Inc., which sells its nuts and nut butters to large groceries and other food distributors around the country, has expanded its recall to products under multiple brand names. The New Mexico-based company's recall includes some nut butters and nut products sold at Safeway, Harry and David, Sprouts, Heinen's, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, Giant Food of Landover, Md. and several other stores.

Sunland's recall includes 101 products, including cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. Several retailers have issued additional recalls including items made with Sunland ingredients. Some of those retailers used those ingredients in items they prepared and packaged themselves.

Some of the brand names included in the recall are Target's Archer Farms, Safeway's Open Nature, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Late July, Heinen's, Joseph's, Natural Value, Naturally More, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprouts, Sunland and Dogsbutter.

Last month, salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands Sunland manufactures. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are now 30 salmonella illnesses in 19 states that can be traced to the Trader Joe's peanut butter.

No other foods have been linked to the illnesses, but Sunland recalled other products manufactured on the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product.

According to the CDC, people who became ill reported the sickness between June 11 and Sept 11. Nearly two-thirds of those who became ill were children under the age of 10. No deaths have been reported.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.

More information on the nut products being recalled can be found on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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