State alerting residents about peanut butter, almond butter recall

The state Department of Consumer Protection is alerting residents to check their cabinets for brands of peanut butter and almond butter being voluntarily recalled the producer.

More than 70 brands produced by Sunland Inc., including the Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter and two other Trader Joe's items, for risk of Salmonella contamination, have been recalled. Twenty-nine people in 18 states, including three Connecticut residents, have been sickened with salmonella linked to eating the recalled nut butter products between June 11 and Sept. 2, the Food and Drug Administration said.

"This expanded recall affects a far greater number of brands than earlier believed, and it's important that consumers, school cafeterias, restaurants, hospitals and other food preparation sites check their cabinets for these recalled items," Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said in a news release. "Anyone who has any of the recalled nut butters should not eat them, but return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. The Department will work to oversee and ensure compliance with this recall."

The recall applies to products with the Best-If-Used-By dates between May 1, 2013 and Sept. 24, 2013. A complete list of recalled products can be found at: http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?Q=511342&;A=4187.

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