Peanut Recall


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…

If you are a peanut butter lover, chances are you have been holding on tightly, hoping that no more recalls are forthcoming about peanut butter. While it’s difficult to sift through what’s safe and what’s not, there are several brands not involved in the peanut butter recall. And, since peanut butter is such a healthy option, and a mainstay of any successful diet, I feel it’s my mission to keep it from getting a bad rap.

So, I thought this would be a good time to mention one of my FAVORITE peanut butter brands, “Peanut Butter & Co”. This peanut butter puts all others to shame, especially because of the range of flavors. These are my personal favorites

  • Cinnamon raisin swirl – this one can definitely satisfy your sweet tooth, and its a better bet than an equal serving size of Skippy, which has 30 more calories and 115mg more sodium

    160 calories per serving

    160 calories per serving

  • The Heat is on – a must have if you like a little heat with your sweet
  • White Chocolate Wonderful – White chocolate and peanut butter, need I say more?
  • Dark Chocolate Dreams – Similar to a Nutella, but, with three times the protein in an equal sized serving

There are other flavors as well, and all are tasty and could satisfy any kind of craving you might have, whether its sweet or savory.

You can visit the store in New York City, find it in your local supermarket, or visit their  online store.

No less than 20 peanut-related recalls today on account of possible salmonella contamination, enough to make the most die-hard peanut butter lover take pause. Here’s the link to the most recent FDA information on the peanut butter recalls.

If you are looking for a healthy and safe way to satisfy your peanut butter cravings, check out Better ‘n’ peanut butter’s website. This peanut butter is delicious and nutritionist recommended.