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Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Expanded due to Salmonella Contamination

September 25, 2012 – New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has announced that it is expanding its nationwide recall to include a total of 76 types of peanut and almond butter after a product it sold to Trader Joe’s grocery stores was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 30 people in 18 states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than three-quarters of those infected were children under the age of 18. Signs and symptoms of salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) may include the sudden onset of nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea.

Sunland Peanut Butter Recall Update 11/28/12: Officials from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have ordered the New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. processing plant closed after it was found to have manufactured ingredients contained in many recently recalled peanut butter products. An inspection conducted by federal health regulators revealed multiple strains of salmonella at the company’s processing facility, and determined that the plant’s owner knowingly distributed contaminated food to consumers. Click here to learn more.

Free Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with salmonella food poisoning after eating peanut butter included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the peanut butter and we can help.

What’s the problem?

Sunland Inc. ordered the original recall after the FDA and CDC determined that the salmonella outbreak had been caused by Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufacturers and packages peanut butter for Trader Joe’s and a number of other companies. The expanded recall was initiated because the other peanut and almond butter products were produced with the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s peanut butter. To date, only the Trader Joe’s brand has been linked to food poisoning illnesses.

Brand names affected by the expanded recall include: Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Joseph’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout’s, Sunland and Dogsbutter. Two additional Trader Joe’s products are also included in the expanded recall – Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds.

To date, the following states have reported salmonella illnesses allegedly caused by Trader Joe’s peanut butter:

  • Maryland (1)
  • Massachusetts (3)
  • Minnesota (1)
  • New York (1)
  • North Carolina (1)
  • Pennsylvania (2)
  • Rhode Island (1)

According to the CDC, the first illness in the outbreak was reported on June 11, the last on September 2. News of additional illnesses reported since then have not yet been made available to the public. Production and distribution of the product in question has been put on hiatus while FDA and Sunland continue their investigation into the source of the outbreak.

Salmonella Food Poisoning (Salmonellosis)

Salmonella bacteria are a group of microscopic living creatures that are among the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illnesses nationwide. The salmonella family includes nearly 2,500 stereotypes of bacteria, the most common of which are Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium. These strains account for about half of all human infection.

According to the FSIS, salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 400 deaths each year in the United States alone. Although in certain individuals salmonellosis may be asymptomatic, most people experience some or all of the following signs and symptoms within eight to 72 hours after contaminated food is consumed:

  • diarrhea (which may be bloody)
  • abdominal cramps
  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Most salmonella outbreaks can be avoided through cleanliness – hand washing with soap and hot water can do wonders to prevent infection. By using filtered drinking water, washing produce thoroughly, and not consuming undercooked foods such as eggs or meat, you can also greatly reduce your chance of being exposed to Salmonella bacteria.

Do I Have a Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella food poisoning cases in all 50 states.

Free Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed salmonella food poisoning after eating peanut butter included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a salmonella food poisoning suit and we can help.

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