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Sunland Inc.’s New Mexico Peanut Butter Plant Shut Down By FDA (update)

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Due to recent salmonella breakouts the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has shut down the New Mexico peanut butter processor Sunland Inc.'s. Investigators found salmonella throughout the plant after 41 people in 20 states were sickened by peanut butter sold at the Trader Joe's grocery chain.

Sunland is the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor and sold hundreds of products to many of the country's largest grocery chains, including Target, Safeway and Whole Foods

Update: The FDA said inspectors found samples of salmonella in 28 different locations in the plant, in 13 nut butter samples and in one sample of raw peanuts.

Here is advice from the FDA and CDC for consumers:

  • Don't eat recalled products. Throw them away in a manner that prevents others from eating them.

  • Postpone eating other peanut butter containing products (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy, and ice cream) until information becomes available about whether that product may be affected.

  • People who think they may have become ill from eating peanut butter are advised to consult their health care providers.

The problem is FDA testing is finding Salmonella in these products. Most people infected with Salmonella develop the symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover with treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. It can be deadly to infants, the elderly and those that are sick all ready. For more information on Salmonella bacteria, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.