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Updated Sep 24, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Salmonella peanut butter recall affects Arizona

WASHINGTON – A California company is recalling 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after one of its products was linked to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe’s groceries.

Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states, including Arizona, to Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, among other brands. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe’s product.

“Based on some of the interviews that other states have done, we were able to sort of link it to peanut butter,” said Dr. Joli Weiss with the Arizona Department of Health. “While we don’t know for sure that this case is associated, we have a strong possibility that this case is associated.”

A Sunland spokeswoman said the company recalled the other peanut and almond butters because they were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s product. None of the other products have been linked to illnesses.

Other products were distributed to Target, Fry’s, Sprouts and Fresh & Easy in Arizona.

Trader Joe’s recalled the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from its stores on Saturday.


For a full list of the recalled products, click here.

KTAR’s Martha Maurer contributed to this report.


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