The peanut butter recall that initially involved a single Salted Valentia Peanut Butter sold at Trader Joe's about a month ago has now been expanded to include 101 products manufactured at a peanut butter plant after March 1, 2010.
Sunland Inc., the company that manufactures the nut butters suspected of sickening people with Salmonella, initially recalled 101 products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. The company now believes that any product manufactured within the past two and a half years could be affected just added 139 products to the recall list. Brands involved in the recall include Natural Value Organic, Earth Balance, fresh&easy, and Archer Farms products, among others. Their products include not just peanut butters but also tahini and almond, cashew, and peanut butters. The recall encompasses all products with “Best-If-Used-By” dates of March 1, 2011 or later, and the Food and Drug Administration is advising that those products be returned or discarded immediately.
Separate recalls involving ice creams, trail mixes, cookies, and other processed foods made with Sunland Inc.'s peanut butter or peanuts are also taking place. So far, fortunately, no one has been sickened by this massive recall.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop 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. In more serious, rare cases, Salmonella spreads through the intestines and blood stream and throughout the body, prompting an emergency situation. Young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections. Contact your doctors if you are showing symptoms.