The national recall of peanut butter products made by Sunland Inc. due to salmonella contamination has hit close to home.
Smith Dairy Products of Orrville has recalled its Smith brand Peanut Butter Crunch ice cream, its Ruggles brand Peanut Butter Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie ice creams, and the Acme Fresh Markets brand of Peanut Butter Twist ice cream, which is produced by Smith.
Pecan Deluxe, the company that makes the peanut butter candy pieces for the ice creams, issued a recall because it was getting its peanut butter from Sunland.
All lots, codes and carton sizes of the four ice cream flavors are being recalled. The ice cream was distributed in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Michigan.
The recalls are the result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of salmonella contamination in peanut butter products produced by Sunland of Portales, N.M.
Investigations showed that Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter Made with Sea Salt, manufactured by Sunland, was a likely source of this outbreak.
On Oct. 5, the FDA announced that environmental samples taken in the Sunland nut butter production facility showed the presence of salmonella, according to a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Sunland has recalled all products it made in the facility between March 1, 2010 and Sept. 24.
The recall also includes private-label peanut butter and almond butter sold at Trader Joe’s, Heinen’s and Target stores locally.
Sunland products have been linked to a multistate outbreak that has made 35 people in 19 states ill from Salmonella Bredeney, according to a CDC report.
Eight people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. The majority of those infected have been children under the age of 10.
No cases have been reported in Ohio, and no illnesses have been reported due to the Smith, Ruggles or Acme brand products.
Smith Dairy is notifying customers by phone and in writing. Consumers with products listed above should return the package to place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-776-7076 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If the bacteria gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses, including arterial infections, infected aneurysms and endocarditis.