Sunland Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recalling Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products due to possible salmonella contamination.
The recall was issued after learning that between June 2012 and September 2012, 29 people reported salmonella illness in approximately 18 states, which includes Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.
The recalled Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products were manufactured between May 1, 2012 and Sept. 24, 2012 and sold throughout the U.S. in large supermarket chains.
The President and CEO of Sunland Inc. Jimmie Shearer, responded to the recall stating:
"There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter everyday. While FDA, CDC, and State Health Agencies investigate to confirm the cause of illnesses reported, as a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall our Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Please return the product to your supermarket for a full refund or dispose of it."
If you purchased Sunland Inc.’s Almond Butter or Peanut Butter, please check the UPC located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code. This recall applies to the above products with Best-If-Used-By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. (Stamped on the side of the jar's label below the lid of the jar.)
If you purchased Sunland Inc.’s Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products, please throw the products away immediately and contact Sunland Inc. at 1-866-837-1018 for additional information.