Food Recalls


Was kind of surprised to see that this particular company will be one of the first to fall victim to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) recently passed. There’s a good article available at Food Safety News. That’s not to say it’s not deserved, but, still the cost to the economy in Portales, NM is definitely a consideration.

If you want to see the full write up of findings at the plant, among other juicy tidbits, check out the link to the letter from Margaret Hamburg to Sunland here.

Much like America’s collective waistline, this peanut product recall is expanding at an alarming rate.

As of this past Friday, October 12th, the FDA announced that, Sunland Inc. was now recalling raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from 2 ounces to 50 pounds which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.

One of several more peanut products added to the ongoing recall

The raw and roasted peanuts available to retail customers are distributed primarily under the company’s own label and were distributed primarily to produce houses and nationally to numerous large supermarket, grocery and retail chains.  The products also were available for purchase on the internet.

Peanut butter and other nut and seed spreads made by Sunland Inc. are distributed nationally under several brand names via supermarket chains and on the internet.

A list of all products being recalled by Sunland Inc. can be found in the company’s recall announcement.  

The following companies have informed FDA and the public of related recalls.

You may also access a  searchable database of press releases related to the Sunland Inc. recall here.

Also, I just spoke to a representative of Sunland, Inc and they confirmed that Smart Balance Peanut Butter is not part of this recall.

It was only 3 years ago I was posting about another peanut butter recall, which involved the Peanut Corporation of America. This time, the company is Sunland and is located in Portales, New Mexico.

The initial culprit was “Trader Joe’s Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter,” and now unfortunately, the recall had been expanded to include several products made by Sunland that are sold under different brand names across the country.

A comprehensive list of recalled peanut butters can be found on this FDA website. As is common with these types of recalls, they expand exponentially as it becomes clear that the plant also provides peanut butter products to other companies in the forms of cookies, etc. The new recalled brands are Gretchen’s Shoebox, Whole Foods Market and Fresh & Easy.

In this particular recall, people have fell ill with Salmonella, and to me that means I should pay attention. I don’t usually get wrapped up in the recalls, but, peanut butter is a staple in my house, and with young children you do have to be vigilant about this type of stuff.

Nutella is looking like a pretty good option right around now…

Here’s the info from the FDA on the Romaine Lettuce recall: FDA Supports Freshway Foods Voluntary Recall.

Prepackaged lettuce has always given me a little bit of the creeps, but, anything that gets people to eat more salad is still okay in my book. So, that makes this latest food recall a very big bummer, but, it appears that now Romaine lettuce is the focus of a food recall. It is related to E.coli so it has the potential to be very serious.

Click on Freshway Foods site for the full story. I’ll update this post as more information is available. Official FDA information forthcoming.

Stay tuned.

Oregon hazelnut grower, Willamette Filbert Growers, has recalled several thousand pounds of hazelnuts on account of Salmonella being found in a lot of shelled hazelnuts that tested positive during product sampling by the FDA. The lot that tested positive was not released, but, any products that came in contact with the contaminated lot are being recalled. No reports of illness thus far. Hopefully it stays that way.

See the FDA site for further information: Willamette Filbert Growers Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts and Shelled Organic Hazelnus Because of Possible Health Risk.

It’s been only a little over two months since the last major beef recall, and while the pathogens have changed, the game is the same. Several people fell ill, causing an investigation:

While reports of illnesses have come from nine states, the majority of those affected were in Colorado – with ground beef pin-pointed as the most likely cause for the 21 people sickened in the state, said the CDPHE.

The meat has been traced to a company called Beef Packers, Inc of California. Perhaps a starling difference with this recall is that this strain of Salmonella, Salmonella Newport, is actually antibiotic resistant.

Here is a link to a detailed article on FoodProductionDaily.com:

Massive beef recall linked to antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak.

Details on the affected lots of meat can be found at this link to the USDA’s site.

For more information on the antibiotic resistant Salmonella, check out this link

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