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Food recall: Trader Joe's peanut butter

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Update: Recall expanded to 101 nut products

Trader Joe's has announced a voluntary recall of Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter due to possible salmonella contamination.
Update: Recall expanded to 101 nut products
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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.

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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