A New Mexico-based company is recalling dozens of types of peanut butter and almond butter after one of its products was linked to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe's groceries.
Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked at least 30 salmonella illnesses in 19 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's product.
Trader Joe's recalled the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from its stores Saturday. On Wednesday, Channel 2’s Ashley Swann confirmed products involved in the recall were also pulled from shelves at Target, Publix, Kroger and Whole Foods stores in metro Atlanta.
The recall affects more than 100 products manufactured between May and Sept. 24. There have been four hospitalizations linked to contaminated products, and most of the cases involve children under the age of 10.
“Children under 5 and elderly persons and people with compromised immune systems are often more susceptible to salmonella,” said Laura Gieraltowski, a foodborne disease epidemiologist with the CDC.
She said symptoms of the disease include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, typically up to a week after eating the product.
“Make sure you wash your hands and any of the utensils that may have come into contact with the product,” Gieraltowski said.
Sunland asks consumers with recalled products to dispose of them or return to your grocery store for a full refund.
The FDA is working with state and local agencies to investigate the contamination.
“With such a big recall, I think it’s starting to get a lot of attention,” Gieraltowski said. Click here for a full list of the affected items.