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Justin’s Announces Expansion of Voluntary Limited Recall of Certain Peanut Butter Products Due to Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 11, 2012 - Due to the ongoing Sunland Inc. nationwide peanut recall, Justin’s today announced expansion of its voluntary recall of certain peanut butter products. For more information on the Sunland recall, please see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/MajorProductRecalls/SunlandNutSeedProductRecalls/default.htm) or read Sunland’s official statement at: http://www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf.
The below lots of Justin’s peanut butter products are being voluntarily recalled because peanuts possibly used in the production of these identified products may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
No Justin’s almond butter, hazelnut butter or candy bars are involved in this recall. These products were manufactured using nuts not sourced from Sunland Inc.
Justin’s was notified by our contract manufacturer, Fresca Foods, Inc. located in Louisville, CO that Sunland peanuts were and may have been used in the production of certain peanut butter products in the past, therefore Justin’s is voluntarily participating in the recall.
The products were distributed nationally to numerous supermarket chains and were available for purchase on the internet from 3/23/10 to 9/26/12.
The specifics of the affected products are as follows:
|UPC||Product Description||Package Size||Best By Dates|
|855188003004||Natural Classic Peanut Butter Jars||16oz||From 08-23-12 to 09-26-12 and 08-07-13|
|855188003011||Natural Classic Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs||1.15oz||From 09-06-12 to 09-28-12|
|894455000117||Organic Classic Peanut Butter Jars||16oz||From 04-07-11 to 10-24-11 and From 01-19-12 to 08-01-12|
|894455000087||Organic Classic Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs||1.15oz||From 03-19-11 to 08-06-12|
|855188003035||Natural Honey Peanut Butter Jars||16oz||From 08-22-12 to 10-23-12 and 08-08-13, 08-09-13, 08-25-13|
|855188003042||Natural Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs||1.15oz;||From 09-06-12 to 09-28-12 and 07-24-13, 07-25-13, 08-24-13|
|894455000391*||Natural Honey Peanut Butter .5oz Squeeze Packs*||.5oz||From 04-11-11 to 12-07-12 and|
07-14-13, 07-26-13, 07-27-13, 07-28-13, 07-29-13, 08-09-13, 08-10-13, 08-13-13, 08-14-13, 08-15-13, 08-26-13, 08-27-13, 08-28-13, 08-29-13, 08-30-13
|894455000001||Organic Honey Peanut Butter Jars||16oz||From 03-26-11 to 08-08-12|
|894455000094||Organic Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs||1.15oz||From 03-26-11 to 08-08-12|
|894455000476||Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Jars||16oz||From 03-23-11 to 10-10-12|
|894455000506||Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs||1.15oz||1.15oz|
|894455000247||Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups||1.4oz||From 11-11-11 to 03-23-13|
|894455000254||Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups||1.4oz||From 11-11-11 to 03-23-13|
*This item was distributed in the Starbucks Protein Bistro Box. There are no reported illnesses to date and affected product is no longer available for sale.
Best By dates can by located for the jars to the left of the UPC code, for the squeeze packs on the back, top seal and for the peanut butter cups on the back seal.
Sunland reports that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland.
Consumers who purchased above listed items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. They can bring in a receipt in place of product and discard the product at home. Retailers should destroy all corresponding products with the above lot information.
This recall is an an expansion of the recall posted on http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm321511.htm.
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