Sunland expands recall of nut butter products

Ledge Light Health District alerted local residents Friday that Sunland Inc., which last month recalled 101 of its nut butter products, has expanded its recall to include all products manufactured in its peanut butter plant after March 1, 2010, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

The previous recall only covered products manufactured from May 1 to Sept. 24 of this year. The expanded recall adds 49 products that are currently within the manufacturer's recommended shelf life — that is, the "Best-If-Used-By" dates have not expired. The expanded recall also adds 90 products consumers may still have in their homes which are older than the "Best-If-Used-By Date."

The expanded recall covers all previously identified peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter and tahini products as well as roasted, blanched peanut products. New product categories being added to the list are several varieties of flavored butters and spreads, including Thai ginger butter, chocolate butter and banana butter.

The company initiated the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 24 after reports that 29 people, including three in Connecticut, had been sickened by salmonella in 18 states.

The products were distributed under the company's own label and under other brand names, and were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket, grocery and retail chains. The products also were available for purchase on the Internet. Brand names covered in the recall include Archer Farms, Arrowhead Mills, American Choice, Natural Value, Sun Harvest, Sunland and Trader Joe's, among others.

All products with "Best-If-Used-By" dates of March 1, 2011, or later should be returned or discarded immediately. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to eat them and to return or dispose of them immediately. Consumers can contact the company at (866) 837-1018 for information on the recall.

The FDA and Sunland are continuing to investigate the contamination.

For information including a complete list of recalled products, visit www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm322747.htm.

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