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Trader Joe's has announced a voluntary recall of Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter due to possible salmonella contamination.


Sunland, the manufacturer of Trader Joe's peanut butter, has expanded the recall to include cashew butters, almond butter, tahini and blanched and roased peanut products. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 illnesses in 19 states have been linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter. While the illnesses have not been traced to other foods, Sunland has decided to recall various products manufactured on the same equipment as Trader Joe's peanut butter.

The recall now includes nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Fresh & Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and several others. Sunland's recall includes 101 products, and many other retailers have also issued additional recalls, including items made with Sunland ingredients.

Brand names now included in the recall are:

  • Archer Farms
  • Earth Balance
  • Fresh & Easy
  • Late July, Heinen's
  • Joseph's
  • Natural Value
  • Naturally More
  • Open Nature
  • Peanut Power Butter
  • Serious Food
  • Snaclite Power
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Sprout's
  • SunlandDogsbutter

Reported September 24, 2012:

While the cause has not been confirmed, Trader Joe's is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states. All jars of Valencia peanut butter, no matter where they were sold, are included in the recall, though the FDA has stated that products sold within Trader Joe's stores are likely the source.

"The recalled peanut butter is sold in 16-ounce jars and contains the product code 97111."

What to look for

The recalled peanut butter is sold in 16-ounce jars and contains the product code 97111. All expiration dates are included in the recall, though salmonella cases have been reported from June 11 to Sept. 2. The 18 states where salmonella cases were reported haven't been revealed; however, it has been noted that no deaths have occurred.

Trader Joe's has taken the product off the shelves, and anyone who has purchased the peanut butter is urged to throw it out.


Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning caused by salmonella. Every year there are 40,000 cases reported in the U.S., and children and seniors are more susceptible. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps developing 12–72 hours after infection and lasting for four to seven days.

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Comments on "Food recall: Trader Joe's peanut butter"

Dave October 02, 2012 | 4:57 PM

Didn't they have one of these scares a few years back with Peter Pan and the same last three numbers, 111? If it was peanut butter, and I'm no doc;my first question would be why only such a few folk sick? But I'm no bean counter; been with the gov, and love to read about what everyone has been living with for centuries and the gov is feeding you folks. Not to say this isn't a serious problem, maybe, IF it's 18 states, (why do they make it difficult to find the states?). I love a good conspiracy theory.............

Theresa October 02, 2012 | 1:31 PM

I love Trader Joe's peanut butter. Thank you so much for sharing this - I have a few jars in my pantry that I'm going to check.

Francine September 24, 2012 | 1:03 PM

There was a story in the news the other day about listeria in spinach and now this. Hopefully anyone who bought this peanut butter will get this news and throw it out. I have had salmonella poisoning before and it is no fun. I have a friend who shops at Trader Joe’s and I am going to forward this article on to her.

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