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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:

UPCProduct DescriptionPackage SizeBest By Dates
855188003004Natural Classic Peanut Butter Jars16ozFrom 08-23-12 to 09-26-12 and 08-07-13
855188003011Natural Classic Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs1.15ozFrom 09-06-12 to 09-28-12
894455000117Organic Classic Peanut Butter Jars16ozFrom 04-07-11 to 10-24-11 and From 01-19-12 to 08-01-12
894455000087Organic Classic Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs1.15ozFrom 03-19-11 to 08-06-12
855188003035Natural Honey Peanut Butter Jars16ozFrom 08-22-12 to 10-23-12 and 08-08-13, 08-09-13, 08-25-13
855188003042Natural Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs1.15oz;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*.5ozFrom 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
894455000001Organic Honey Peanut Butter Jars16ozFrom 03-26-11 to 08-08-12
894455000094Organic Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs1.15ozFrom 03-26-11 to 08-08-12
894455000476Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Jars16ozFrom 03-23-11 to 10-10-12
894455000506Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs1.15oz1.15oz
894455000247Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups1.4ozFrom 11-11-11 to 03-23-13
894455000254Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups1.4ozFrom 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.

Anyone with questions may contact the company at 303-449-9559 or comments@justinsnutbutter.com, or visit www.justinsnutbutter.com. Phone lines are staffed from 9-5pm MST Monday through Friday.

This recall is an an expansion of the recall posted on http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm321511.htm.


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