Sunland, Inc. Announces Voluntary Expansion of Ongoing Recall To Include All Products Manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant

Silver Spring, Maryland–(ENEWSPF)–October 5, 2012.  Sunland, Inc. has announced a voluntary expansion of its ongoing recall of all products manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Specifically, the recall is being expanded to include all products manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant after March 1, 2010.The scope of the initial recall covered one hundred one (101) products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. The expanded recall adds forty-nine (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 ninety (90) products consumers may still have in their homes which are older than the “Best-If-Used-By Date”. Distribution of many of the products being added to the recall was discontinued some time ago. 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 is voluntarily expanding the recall to cover all products manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant since March 2010 because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalization. Older adults, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.

None of the one hundred-thirty nine (139) products being added to the recall list have been associated with any reported illness to date; however, the Company initiated the recall on September 24, 2012, after receiving a September 22, 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine (29) people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately eighteen (18) states, and that among those reporting illnesses, fourteen persons had been interviewed at that time, with twelve reporting having eaten the same single product made by the Company. As of September 25, 2012, the CDC reported a total of thirty (30) illnesses in nineteen (19) states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Additional testing conducted as part of the joint investigation by the Company and FDA since the recall was initiated has confirmed the presence of Salmonella Bredeney, according to a report provided to the Company by the CDC and FDA on October 3, 2012. The FDA and the Company are continuing their investigation.

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.

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. The “Best-If-Used-By” date is stamped on the side of the jar’s label below the lid of the jar. The UPC is located below the bar code on all products. For products in jars it will appear on the side of the jar’s label. For products in other types of containers, the bar code may be located elsewhere on the packaging.

Consumers can contact the Company at 1-866-837-1018 for information on the recall. This toll- free number is operational 24 hours a day. Consumers who have products which are within their current shelf life (“Best-If-Used-By” dates of October 4, 2012 and later) should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard them. All expired products (“Best- If-Used-By” dates of October 4, 2012 and earlier) should be discarded. Customers who purchased products directly from the Company’s website should discard the products and contact the Company at 1-866-837-1018.

“For twenty-two years Sunland has been committed to producing high quality, safe products and taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety and good health of everyone who enjoys them. We are most concerned about the individuals experiencing these recent illnesses. Sunland is dedicating all of its resources to the identification and correction of any conditions which have created the potential for Salmonella contamination in any of our products. We are reviewing every step in our manufacturing process and are confident that the expertise being applied to the investigation will enable Sunland to take any necessary corrective measures and once again produce products that families will enjoy with confidence.”

October 4, 2012 Statement of Jimmie Shearer, President and CEO of Sunland, Inc.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA. The specifics of the affected products are set forth below. Products being added to the list for the first time appear in the first table. All previously identified products follow in the second table.

List of Products Added to Recall on October 4, 2012—Recall covers all of the following products which were manufactured on March 1, 2010 or later. The “Best- if-Used-By” Dates stamped on the recalled products will be March 1, 2011 or later.

UPC Type of Product Jar Size
AC223 American Choice Creamy Peanut Butter 6 x 5 lb
AC222 American Choice Creamy Peanut Butter 6 x 5 lb
085239021743 Archer Farms Creamy Cinnamon Peanut Butter 12 oz
085239021750 Archer Farms Creamy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter 12 oz
085239264409 Archer Farms Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
085239023310 Archer Farms Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
085239020531 Archer Farms Creamy Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter 12 oz
085239264508 Archer Farms Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
085239023327 Archer Farms Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
085239021422 Archer Farms No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter 12 oz
085239015308 Archer Farms No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter 12 oz
085239020302 Archer Farms Organic Chunky Peanut Butter 12 oz
085239020203 Archer Farms Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 12 oz
47046 Arrowhead Mills Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
074333470588 Arrowhead Mills Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter 15 lb
074333470380 Arrowhead Mills Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter 15 lb
074333470052 Arrowhead Mills Organic Sesame Tahini 16 oz
815369011594 Cadia All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
815369010993 Cadia All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter No Stir 18 oz
815369011600 Cadia All Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
815369011006 Cadia All Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter No Stir 18 oz
815369011181 Cadia All Natural Unsalted Creamy Almond Butter 18 oz
815369011167 Cadia All Natural Unsalted Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
815369011174 Cadia All Natural Unsalted Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
22722 Creamy Peanut Butter 15 lb
5051379032494 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 6 / 2 oz
780994757868 Harry & David Creamy Caramel Peanut Spread 12 oz
096619124497 Kirkland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy 40 oz
048687309177 Kirkland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 28 oz
5VR3023099 Multiple Organics Certified Organic Valencia Peanuts-Dry Roasted 30 lb
706173011057 Natural Value Creamy Salted 100% Organic Peanut Butter 18 oz
910145 Natural Value Creamy Salted Peanut Butter 5 lb
706173011033 Natural Value Creamy Unsalted 100% Natural Peanut Butter 18 oz
706173011019 Natural Value Creamy Unsalted 100% Organic Peanut Butter 18 oz
706173011064 Natural Value Crunchy Salted 100% Organic Peanut Butter 18 oz
706173011040 Natural Value Crunchy Unsalted 100% Natural Peanut Butter 18 oz
706173011026 Natural Value Crunchy Unsalted 100% Organic Peanut Butter 18 oz
909057 Natural Value Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
909095 Natural Value Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 15 lb
910039 Natural Value Organic Creamy Peanut Butter w/Salt 15 lb
910121 Natural Value Organic Creamy Salted Peanut Butter 5 lb
909064 Natural Value Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 5 lb
909101 Natural Value Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 15 lb
910046 Natural Value Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter w/Salt 15 lb
910114 Natural Value Organic Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter 5 lb
847921004409 Serious Food Silly Prices Cashew Butter Creamy 12 oz
847921004416 Serious Food Silly Prices Cashew Butter Crunchy 12 oz
847921004430 Serious Food…Silly Prices Almond Butter Crunchy 12oz
847921004379 Serious Food…Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter Crunchy 16oz
847921004331 Serious Food…Silly Prices Peanut Butter Crunchy 16oz
874875004322 Sprouts Tahini Butter 16 oz
646670304316 Sun Harvest Natural Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter 18oz
646670304392 Sun Harvest Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 18oz
646670304293 Sun Harvest Natural Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz
646670304972 Sun Harvest Natural Crunchy Mixed Nut Butter 16 oz
646670304378 Sun Harvest Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
646670304279 Sun Harvest Natural Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz
646670304354 Sun Harvest Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
646670304330 Sun Harvest Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
56906 Sunland Almond & Valencia Mixed Nuts Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
060527 Sunland Banana Peanut Butter 500 lb
060301 Sunland Banana Peanut Butter 50 lb
073301 Sunland Chocolate PB 50 lb
073527 Sunland Chocolate PB 500 lb
072725 Sunland Creamy Almond Butter 40 lb
26725 Sunland Creamy Butter 40 lb
086527 Sunland Creamy No Stir 500 lb
086301 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 50 lb
081725 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
26527 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 500 lb
4898732722 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 15 lb
36527 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 500 lb
22705 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
048687263011 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 50 lb
72048687866165 Sunland Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter Cups 72 / 2 oz
048687259090 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
4898731722 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 15 lb
048687548132 Sunland Dark Chocolate Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 10 oz
56704 Sunland Mixed Nuts Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
22527 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 500 lb
48687009778 Sunland Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter 5 lb
21704 Sunland Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter 6 x 5 lb
21724 Sunland Natural Crunchy Valencia No Salt Peanut Butter 50 lb
044725 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter 40 lb
048687607549 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Banana 500 g
048687600724 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Banana – Squeeze Pack 1.1 oz
048687599066 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Caramel Spread 16 oz
048687540723 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Chocolate 1.1oz
048687547548 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Chocolate 500 g
048687340729 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Valencia 1.1oz
48687867349 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Valencia Creamy 500 g
048687877348 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Valencia Crunchy 500 g
C47810 Sunland Onion Parsley Peanut Butter 375 g
048687528295 Sunland Organic Cinnamon Currant Creamy Peanut Butter 375 g
4868788704 Sunland Organic Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868732704 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868732723 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 32 lb
4868732724 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 35 lb
048687329700 Sunland Organic Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter 16 oz
4868731724 Sunland Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 35 lb
4868735723 Sunland Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 32 lb
4868735724 Sunland Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter w/Salt 35 lb
048687319701 Sunland Organic Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter 16 oz
048687898299 Sunland Organic Dark Chocolate Creamy Peanut Butter 375 g
048687508105 Sunland Organic Thai Ginger Crunchy Peanut Butter 375 g
50704 Sunland Organic Thai Ginger Peanut Butter 5 lb
71704 Sunland Tahini Butter 6 x 5 lb
048687328093 Sunland Organic Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter 500 g
048687318094 Sunland Organic Valencia Crunchy Peanut Butter 500 g
048687508105 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter Creamy Thai Ginger & Red Pepper 12 oz
41331 Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Bar Ready Peanuts 30 lb
41333 Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Granulated Peanuts 30 lb
41334 Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Granulated Peanuts 30 lb
83326 Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted Blanched and Salted Peanuts 30 lb
048687558292 Sunland Organic Vanilla Cranberry Creamy Peanut Butter 375 g
55813 Sunland Organic Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter 10 oz
4868741325 Sunland Roasted and Blanched Granulated Peanuts 30 lb
4868763329 Sunland Roasted and Blanched Granulated Runner Peanuts 30 lb
16326 Sunland Roasted Blanched Honey Peanuts 30 lb
2370230000 Sunland Roasted Blanched Organic Spanish Peanuts 30 lb
048687349708 Sunland TruePB Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter 16 oz
048687339709 Sunland TruePB Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter 16 oz
C22809 Sunland Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter 500 g
048687318131 Sunland Valencia Crunchy Organic Peanut Butter 10 oz
048687219063 Sunland Valencia Natural Crunchy 16 oz
048687328130 Sunland Valencia Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 10 oz
048687229093 Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter Creamy 18 oz
048687866281 Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter Creamy 6 / 2 oz
048687219094 Sunland Valencia Peanut Butter Crunchy 18 oz
41320 Sunland Valencia Roasted and Blanched 30 lb
41321 Sunland Valencia Roasted and Blanched Bar Ready Peanuts 30 lb
41322 Sunland Valencia Roasted and Blanched Wildlife 30 lb
00819558 Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
00915878 Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter 16 oz
00819534 Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 16oz
00915816 Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Unsalted Peanut Butter 16 oz
891317002326 Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter 26 oz
891317002210 Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter 16 oz
1A733 Yogurtland Dark Roast Peanut Butter with Flax 45 lb

List of Products Recalled September 24, 2012—Expanded recall now covers ALL of the following products which were manufactured on March 1, 2010 or later. The “Best-if-Used-By” Dates stamped on the recalled products will be March 1, 2011 or later.

UPC Type of Product Jar Size
8523902336 Archer Farms Almond, Peanut & Cashew Butter 16 oz
8523920335 Archer Farms Creamy Cashew Butter 16 oz
8523902334 Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
8523902333 Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds 16 oz
3377610090 Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed 16 oz
51379022525 fresh & easy Creamy Cashew Butter 16 oz

3248

Fresh & Easy Creamy Peanut Butter Cups 72 / 2 oz
51379022518 fresh & easy Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz
51379041625 fresh & easy goodness Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter 8 / 1.1 oz cups
20003357 fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
20003364 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
20003388 fresh & easy Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
51379026431 fresh & easy Creamy Peanut Butter 40 oz
20003395 fresh & easy Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
20003371 fresh & easy Crunchy Peanut Butter 18 oz
8099473873 Harry & David Crunchy Almond and Peanut Butter 12 oz
8099473871 Harry & David Creamy Banana Peanut Spread 12 oz
8099473872 Harry & David Creamy Raspberry Peanut Spread 12 oz
2060140048 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140047 heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
2060140046 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
2060140045 heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
3307915073 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
3307915072 Joseph’s Salt-Free No Sugar Added New Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter 18 oz
910053 Natural Value Creamy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
910060 Natural Value Crunchy Peanut Butter/Salt 15 lb
5859500020 Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter 16 oz
5859500020 Naturally More Organic Peanut Butter 16 oz
5859500019 Naturally More Almond Butter 16 oz
5859500019 Naturally More Almond Butter 16 oz
5859500033 Naturally More Peanut Butter Crunchy 16 oz
5859500055 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 26 oz
5859500050 Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan 16 oz
7989311202 Open Nature Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7989311201 Open Nature Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
5855200003 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 16 oz
5855200007 Peanut Power Butter, Original Formula 4 lb
4792100442 Serious Food, Silly Prices Almond Butter Creamy 12 oz
4792100439 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
4792100438 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100436 Serious Food, Silly Prices Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100435 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Crunchy 16 oz
4792100434 Serious Food, Silly Prices, No-Stir Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100432 Serious Food, Silly Prices, Peanut Butter, Creamy 16 oz
4792100444 Serious Food Silly Prices Tahini 12 oz
8506000004 Snaclite Power PB 16 oz
7487500334 Sprouts Farmers Market Creamy Peanut Butter, No Salt 16 oz
7487500335 Sprouts Farmers Market Crunchy Peanut Butter, No Salt 16 oz
7487500336 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7487500337 Sprout’s Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz
7487500433 Sprout’s Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz
7487500434 Sprout’s Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz
7487500431 Sprout’s Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz
4868787906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Crunchy Valencia No Stir 16 oz
4868786906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Valencia No Stir 16 oz
4868722906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Salt Free Valencia 16 oz
4868709915 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 40 oz
4868726910 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 12 oz
47730 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 30 lb
62725 Sunland Dark Roast Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868757906 Sunland Natural Mixed Nut Butter, Crunchy Almonds and Peanuts 16 oz
4868760906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Banana Spread 16 oz
4868773906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Chocolate Spread 16 oz
4868761906 Sunland Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy Raspberry Spread 16 oz
4868771906 Sunland Natural Tahini, Creamy Roasted Sesame 16 oz
4868732810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy 12 oz
4868731810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Crunchy 12 oz
4868755810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy Cherry Vanilla 12 oz
4868754810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Creamy Dark Chocolate 12 oz
4868747810 Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter, Crunchy Chipotle Chile 12 oz
4868730725 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
41330 Sunland Organic Valencia Roasted and Blanched Peanuts 30 lb
29725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
28725 Sunland Pecan Deluxe Crunchy Peanut Butter 40 lb
26570 Sunland Creamy Dark Roast Peanut Butter 500 lb
4868726909 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
4868767909 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 18 oz
4868763325 Sunland Roasted and Blanched Runner Peanuts 30 lb
4868763326 Sunland Roasted and Blanched Bar Ready Runner Peanuts 30 lb
4868771725 Sunland Sesame Tahini 40 lb
4868785920 Sunland Valencia Peanut Sauce 36 oz
41323 Sunland Valencia Roasted Blanched Salted 30 lb
22725 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
22704 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868722715 Sunland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868721722 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 15 lb
48687009704 Sunland Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868790301 Sunland Creamy Natural Stabilized Peanut Butter 50 lb
87725 Sunland Crunchy Natural Stabilized Peanut Butter 40 lb
4868786724 Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter 35 lb
4868786704 Sunland Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter 5 lb
4868784301 Sunland Extra Stabilized Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 50 lb
21705 Sunland Crunchy Peanut Butter 40 lb
25704 Crunchy Sugar Butter 5 lb
26704 Creamy Sugar Butter 5 lb
72704 Sunland Almond Butter 5 lb

3050

Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB 16 oz
4868772906 Sunland Natural Almond Butter, Creamy Roasted Almond 16 oz
989275 Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted 16 oz
971119 Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter with Sea Salt 16 oz
940795 Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted 16 oz

Media representatives should contact Ms. Katalin Coburn, Vice President for Media Relations, Sunland, Inc., at (805) 796-3368. A full copy of the list of recalled products is also available at the Company’s website: www.sunlandinc.com 

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Related Press Release from September 24, 2012

Photo: Human Food Product Labels

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Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA’s Flickr Photostream.

Source: fda.gov