FDA shuts down nut plant after salmonella outbreak sickens 41
November 27th, 2012
12:30 AM ET
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U.S. regulators shut down a New Mexico nut-processing facility Monday after the plant was linked to an outbreak of salmonella earlier this year.

The Food and Drug Administration's decision to suspend the registration of the Sunland Inc. plant in Portales, New Mexico, comes after health officials traced the June outbreak to nut butter produced at the facility. In a statement announcing the move, the agency said it would reinstate the company's food facility registration "only when FDA determines that the company has implemented procedures to produce safe products."

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Check your cupboards for tainted nut butter
September 26th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
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Sunland, Inc., has expanded its voluntary recall to include all of the products manufactured at its peanut butter and nut manufacturing plant in Portales, New Mexico.

The plant was shut down on Saturday, after Trader Joe's recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it was linked to potential contamination with Salmonella, according to Katalin Coburn, Sunland's vice president for media relations.

Recall round-up: lettuce, beef and peanut butter (oh my!)
September 24th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
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Food recalls are coming in fast and furious and it's often hard to keep track. This is the first in a series of recall round-ups in which we'll share the most up-to-date information on the foods you should be scrutinizing right now.

Peanut butter

Sunland, Inc., the manufacturer of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter which was recalled last week due to possible salmonella contamination, has expanded the recall to include all of its Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012.

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29 cases of illness may be linked to salmonella-tainted peanut butter
September 21st, 2012
07:55 PM ET
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Rhode Island Department of Health announced Friday that Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt may be linked to 29 cases of Salmonella Bredeney across multiple states.

[Update: the recall has been expanded to include other products made by Sunland Inc.]

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Hazelnuts linked to E. coli illness
March 7th, 2011
12:30 AM ET
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A California company has recalled hazelnuts sold in bulk, individual containers and as part of mixed-nut packages sold throughout the United States and Canada due to possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

Products containing in-shell hazelnuts from DeFranco and Sons have been linked to seven cases of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the federal agency said Saturday in a press release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, in a press release issued Saturday, that one person was affected by the E. coli O157:H7 strain in Michigan and three apiece in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The sick - six men and one woman - ranged in age from 15 to 78, and fell ill between December 20, 2010, and January 28, 2011.

Three of those who had suspected E. coli were hospitalized, though no one has died because of it, according to the CDC.

As a result, the Los Angeles-based company issued a voluntary recall for a host of products sold retail, and issued a caution for hazelnuts that might have been repackaged from bulk shipments.

Read Feds link 7 cases of E. coli across 3 states to hazelnuts

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