Private-label peanut butter and almond butter sold at Trader Joe’s, Heinen’s and Target stores are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination.
The nut butters were manufactured by Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., which is recalling more than 70 products it made between May 1 and Monday.
The products have been linked to a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections that has made 30 people in 19 states ill between June 11 and Sept. 2, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
No cases have been reported in Ohio. Four people have been hospitalized, and no one has died from the illnesses, which are infections of the Salmonella Bredeney PFGE bacteria.
According to the CDC report, Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter Made with Sea Salt is a likely source of this outbreak. Trader Joe’s, which has stores at 28809 Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere and 175 Market St. in Crocker Park in Westlake, issued a national recall of the product on Saturday.
Sunland, which made the butters, issued its recall on Monday, expanding it to include dozens of products beyond what it made for Trader Joe’s, including the Heinen’s products.
Jennifer Artino, risk manager for the Warrensville Heights-based Heinen’s stores, said employees pulled all of the products in question from store shelves Tuesday morning before 8 a.m. She said the store was using its preferred customers cards to track and alert customers who have purchased the peanut butters that are subject to the recall.
“If we have an email address for them, we have sent them an email. The ones that we don’t, we will send out a letter before the end of the day,” Artino said.
Artino said no illnesses have been reported in Ohio, so Heinen’s is not aware that any of its peanut butter was tainted. Customers can return their jars to the store for a refund.
The recall affects 16-ounce jars of Heinen’s All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy and Crunchy, with UPC codes of 2060140048 and 2060140047; and Heinen’s Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy and Crunchy with UPC codes of 2060140046 and 2060140045.
Also included in the recall are the 16-ounce jars of Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter (UPC code 8523902334) and Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds (UPC code 8523902333) sold at Target stores, and Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted (UPC code 00989275) and Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted (UPC code 00940795).
Customers are asked to return their jars to the store for a refund or to throw them away.
Visit www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm320647.htm?source=govdelivery to view a complete list of the recalled nut butters and their UPC codes.
Salmonella 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 may experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
• Also being recalled for potential salmonella are dog treats manufactured by Kasel Associated Industries of Denver sold at Target stores.
Kasel has recalled its Boots & Barkley six-count, 5-inch American Beef Bully Sticks, which were sold nationwide at Target stores between April and September.
The sticks were sold in a clear plastic bag marked with bar code number 647263899189. The sticks could be harmful to pets who eat them and to humans who handle them.
Kasel Industries is recalling all lot numbers, including those stamped with the following: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
The sticks turned up positive for salmonella bacteria in testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, but no illnesses have been reported.
Customers are asked to return the sticks to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should call Kasel Associated Industries at 800-218-4417 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.
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