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Peanut Butter Recall Includes Montana Food Banks

September 25, 2012 – Sunland, Inc. announced yesterday a voluntary limited recall of its Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products, manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012, because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella, 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 Salmonellacan result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Although this product was primarily distributed nationally through grocery stores, the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) did source one truckload of the Sunland Peanut Butter involved in the recall. All MFBN food pantries and partner agencies are currently being contacted and notified of the recall.  Anyone that may have received Sunland peanut butter involved in the recall, through a Montana food pantry or partner agency, is encouraged to call 1-866-837-1018 for information.

The voluntary 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter every day. While FDA, CDC, and State Health Agencies investigate to confirm the cause of illnesses reported, as a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall our Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Please return the product to your supermarket for a full refund or dispose of it.”

Statement of Jimmie Shearer, President and CEO of Sunland, Inc.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other Sunland products are affected by this recall.

The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains.

The specifics of the affected products are as follows: The UPC is located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.

UPC

Type of product

Jar Size

8523902334 Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
8523902333 Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds 16 oz
3377610090 Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed 16 oz
051379022518 fresh & easy Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz
20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with SeaSalt 16 oz
20003364 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
20003388 fresh & easy Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with SeaSalt 16 oz
051379026431 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 40 oz
20003395 fresh & easy Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with SeaSalt 16 oz
20003371 fresh & easy Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
2060140048 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140047 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
2060140046 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140045 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
3307915073 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New CrunchyValencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
3307915072 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New CreamyValencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
910053 Natural Value Creamy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
910060 Natural Value Crunchy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
5859500020 Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter 16 oz
5859500019 Naturally More Almond Butter 16 oz
5859500033 Naturally More Peanut Butter Crunchy 16 oz
5859500055 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 26 oz
5859500050 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 16 oz
7989311202 Open Nature Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7989311201 Open Nature Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
5855200003 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 16 oz
5855200007 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 4 lb
4792100442 Serious Food, Silly Prices Almond Butter Creamy 12 oz
4792100439 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir PeanutButter, Crunchy 16 oz
4792100438 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir PeanutButter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100436 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100435 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter,Crunchy 16 oz
4792100434 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter,Creamy 16 oz
4792100432 Serious Food, Silly Prices, Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
8506000004 Snaclite Power PB 16 oz
7487500334 Sprouts Farmers Market Creamy Peanut Butter, NoSalt 16 oz
7487500335 Sprouts Farmers Market Crunchy Peanut Butter, No 16 oz
Salt
7487500336 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7487500337 Sprout’s Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7487500433 Sprout’s Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
7487500434 Sprout’s Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz
7487500431 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
4868787906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Crunchy Valencia NoStir 16 oz
4868786906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Valencia NoStir 16 oz
4868722906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Salt FreeValencia 16 oz
4868709915 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 40 oz
4868726910 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 12 oz
4868785920 Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter 36 oz
062725 Sunland Dark Roast Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868730725 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
029725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
028725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Crunchy Peanut Butter 40lb
26570 Sunland Creamy Dark Roast Peanut Butter 500 lb
4868726909 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
4868767909 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
4868785920 Sunland Valencia Peanut Sauce 36 oz
22725 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
22704 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868722715 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868721722 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 15 lb
48687009704 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868790301 Sunland Creamy Natural Stabilizer Peanut Butter 50 lbs
87725 Sunland Crunchy Natural Stabilized Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868786724 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 35 lb
4868786704 Sunland Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868784301 Sunland Extra Stabilized Organic Creamy PeanutButter 50 lb
21705 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 40 lb
25704 Crunchy Sugar Butter 5 lb
26704 Creamy Sugar Butter 5 lb
072704 Sunland Almond Butter 5 lb
003050 Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB 16 oz
4868772906 Sunland Natural Almond Butter, Creamy RoastedAlmond 16 oz
00989275 Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with RoastedFlaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted
00940795 Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds,Crunchy & Salted 16 oz

  

Best-If-Used-By Dates: This recall applies to the above 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.)

Consumers who have purchased Sunland’s Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products with the above UPC and Best-If-Used-By-Dates are urged to discard the product immediately. Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-837-1018, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall. In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM MT at (575) 356-6638.

Media representatives should contact Ms. Katalin Coburn, Vice President for Media Relations, Sunland, Inc., at 805-796-3368.

Although Feeding America believes that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office, the Montana Food Bank Network did receive a truckload of the Sunland peanut butter and is participating in the recall.

For full details on the recall, please visit:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm320647.htm?source=govdelivery


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