Don't buy Sunland peanut butter at Fresh & Easy. Just in case.
"Out an abundance of caution," the grocery chain, which has three stores in San Jose, stated on its website, "we are voluntarily recalling several nut butters...due to potential contamination with salmonella."
The brand in question is Sunland, the the types include almond, cashew, peanut butters as well as tahini that have "best" dates from May 1, 2013 to Sept. 24, 2013.
The Fresh & Easy pronouncement joins a nationwide recall prompted by a voluntarily recall over the weekend of the Sunland brand by the Trader Joe's chain. The first recall impacted only Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter at Trader Joe's, but then expanded to include all nut butters produced by Sunland.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, all peanut butter manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24 by Sunland could 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.
Three of the peanut butters are sold at Trader Joe's. The chain posted on its website that the products have been removed from its store shelves and destroyed.
Twenty nine cases of salmonella in 18 states have been linked to the peanut butter, according to the FDA. Other states reporting illness include Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here is a list of products to look out for:
UPC# 00989275 - Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted; Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted; 16 oz
UPC# 00971119 - Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter with Sea Salt; 16 oz
UPC# 00940795 - Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted; 16 oz
UPC# 8523902334 - Archer Farms Creamy Almond Butter; 16 oz
UPC# 8523902333 - Archer Farms Peanut Butter with Flax Seeds; 16 oz
UPC# 3377610090 - Earth Balance Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed; 16 oz
UPC# 051379022518- fresh & easy Crunchy Almond Butter; 16 oz
UPC# 20003357 - fresh & easy Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea ;16 oz
Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products with the affected UPC and Best-If-Used-By-Dates are urged to discard the product immediately.
Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-837-1018, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall. In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM MT at (575) 356-6638.