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UPDATED – EXPANDED RECALL - Gretchen’s Shoebox Express Expands Voluntarily Recall of Protein Bistro Boxes Because of Possible Health Risk



Henry Carruth
Plant Manager


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 5, 2012 – In response to an expansion of Justin’s Nut Butter voluntary recall of its’ 0.5 oz. single-serve Honey Peanut Butter squeeze packs to include additional lot codes, Gretchen’s Shoebox Express in Seattle, Washington, is expanding its voluntary recall of Starbucks brand Protein Bistro Box to include enjoy by dates: 09/28/12 and dates 09/30/12 – 10/06/12. The Protein Bistro Box contains peanut butter with one of the lot codes recently added to the Justin’s recall which impacts peanut butter packs with Best By dates of 8/26/13.

Peanuts associated with the Sunland, Inc. recall were used in the production of certain lots of Justin’s Nut Butter product and have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others 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.

Gretchen’s Shoebox Express is issuing this voluntary recall linked to the supplier’s recall to minimize the risk to the public health.

The recalled product under the expanded recall was distributed solely to Starbucks retail stores in Washington and Oregon, from 9/29/2012 to 10/5/2012. Affected product has been confirmed as removed from stores.

The Bistro Box product is in a clear plastic container, with a white code date sticker on the bottom of the container, stating “Enjoy by” followed by the date in the following format:  M (Month)  DD (Date), for example 9 29 standing for Sept 29th . The recalled single-serve peanut butter pouches are included inside the Bistro Box and are fully labeled and sealed.  The individual pouches are date stamped at the bottom of the pouch.

Anyone who has the recalled product or the associated individual Peanut Butter pouches in their possession should not consume them and should destroy or discard the product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 206-623-8194 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard. Please feel free to contact us should you require additional information or assistance.

ORIGINAL Recalled Product and Pack Codes:

BrandProductPack SizeUPCCode Date RangeIncluded States
StarbucksProtein Bistro Box6.80 oz762111881502Enjoy By 09/02/12 - 09/27/12WA, OR

EXPANDED Recalled Product and Pack Codes:

BrandProductPack SizeUPCCode Date RangeIncluded States
StarbucksProtein Bistro Box6.80 oz762111881502Enjoy By 09/28/12, 09/30/12 – 10/06/12WA, OR

EXPANDED Recalled Peanut Butter Pouch, located inside the Protein Bistro Box products:

BrandProductPack SizeUPCCode Date RangeIncluded States
Justin’sHoney Peanut Butter Blend0.5 oz894455000391Best By 8/26/13WA, OR






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