What started as a concerning peanut butter salmonella recall at Trader Joe’s has turned today into a nationwide outbreak. Trader Joe’s supplier, Sunland Inc. has expanded the peanut butter salmonella recall to 76 types of products in 18 states.
Each year, Americans eat 800 million pounds of peanut butter. However over the past few months, peanut butter prices soared as consumption dropped. The ongoing peanut butter salmonella recall is obviously not going to help business, as consumers are increasingly concerned their favorite sandwich might send them to the hospital.
What started as a voluntary recall of peanut butter at the Trader Joe’s groceries turned fast into a nationwide salmonella alert. Now, the peanut butter salmonella recall has expanded beyond Trader Joe’s Creamy Valencia salted Peanut Butter. Sunland Inc. of Portales, the maker of Trader Joe’s store-brand peanut butter has expanded the recall to 76 different products, including three brands of the grocery store.
To the Trader Joe’s peanut butter salmonella recall, Sunland Inc. has added 76 peanut and almond products made on the same line. So, apart from Trader Joe’s Creamy Valencia, Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds there is a plethora of popular brands. Archer’s, Heinen’s, Naturally More, Silly Prices, Sprout’s, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter and Fresh & Easy are also part of the peanut butter salmonella recall.
Katalin Coburn, vice president for media relations at Sunland, mentioned the products affected by the peanut butter salmonella recall were manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24. Coburn explained Sunland is pulling so many products of the market just to be sure, since the company’s tests hasn’t detected any trace of salmonella Bredeney.
Peanut butter in the recall is believed to be the cause of the ongoing salmonella outbreak. CDC has recorded 29 cases of salmonella in 18 states. People are advise to “dispose of any remaining jars of peanut butter in the home or return the product to any Trader Joe’s grocery store”.
The first Salmonella cases linked to peanut butter from Trader’s Joe were reported as of June 11 and so far four people have been hospitalized. The FDA warned children and seniors are particularly vulnerable to salmonella.