Calif. company recalls 8.7 million pounds of meat

Chinese Jerky Dog Treats killed over 600 dogs so far, 3800 very sick

jerky-treats-china-kill-dogsNearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have become sick in a mystery bout of illness being linked to jerky treats made in China.

Most cases have been dogs, but at least 10 cats have also been struck down with an illness that has confounded federal animal health officials.

Chinese Jerky Dog Treats are also sold under different labels.

Vets and pet owners are now being called on to report new cases as the Food and Drug Administration tries to pinpoint the cause of the sickness.

After eating the treats pets were said to have developed a range of symptons, from gastrointestinal illness to kidney or urinary troubles, according to NBC News.

To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,’ Martine Hartogensis, of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in the new report.

‘Despite these warnings, we have continued to receive reports of illnesses in both cats and dogs,’ she said.

After a spike in deaths and illness in January, the rate of new cases dropped, in part because the two major sellers of chicken jerky treats for pets voluntarily recalled their ranges.

At the time the recalls were said to relate to the presence of an antibiotic residue that was not approved in the U.S.

‘All of us care deeply about pets and their owners, and the quality of our products is of the utmost importance,’ company president Nina Leigh Krueger said in January.

She added that although the antibiotic residue was not deemed a health hazard, the company had voluntarily recalled its products while the investigation continued.

Chinese Jerky Dog Treats are branded with the labels below as well.

Among the products recalled were Nestle Purina PetCare Co’s Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats, and Del Monte Corp’s Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers.

The FDA is still unsure as to what is causing the sicknesses and deaths, which have resulted in warnings about the possibility of Fanconi syndrome and other kidney problems.

‘We still are extensively testing treats for a number of things … but we still have a little bit of a way to go,’ Ms Hartogensis said.

Veterinary clinical pathologist Kendal Harrwho has been tracking the problem, admitted experts were stumped.

‘I think that what it tells us is that the intoxicant is something that we’re not used to dealing with as a toxin in North America,’ she said. 

Vets have now been asked to send detailed information and blood and urine test results from any animals sickened by jerky treats.

About 60 per cent of cases cite gastrointestinal illness in the animals, and 30 per cent have kidney or urinary troubles, the report said. About 135 cases of Fanconi syndrome, a specific kind of kidney disease, were also reported.

Although officials warned pet owners to feed the treats in small quantities only the agency has not issued a recall yet.

Its response has angered some owners, who feel not enough is being done to safeguard their pets.

Robin Pierre, who blames Waggin’ Train chicken jerky for the death from kidney failure of her two-year-old pug Bella, has been campaigning for the FDA to crackdown on manufactures.

They need to start protecting the American consumer so that this does not happen again. As soon as a product is in doubt, a warning label should be placed at the point of sale so that consumers can make an educated choice,’ she said.

 

Cyclospora stomach illness- Bagged salad caused parasite outbreak,

Cyclospora stomach illness, so really how helpful is this late notice!Cyclospora stomach illness, so really how helpful is this late notice?

Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska on Tuesday tagged prepackaged salad mix as the source for an outbreak of parasite-borne food poisoning in those states even as federal officials worked to see if the conclusion applies elsewhere as well.

They refuse to name the brand. This is also being investigated in other states. It takes weeks for most people to discover they have

Definition

By Mayo Clinic staff

Cyclospora infection causes watery, and sometimes explosive, diarrhea. The one-celled parasite that causes cyclospora infection can enter your body when you ingest contaminated food or water. Fresh produce is the culprit in many cases of cyclospora infection.

Because diarrhea can be caused by many things, it can be difficult to diagnose cyclospora infection. A specialized test is required to identify the cyclospora parasite in stool samples. Treatment for cyclospora infection is antibiotics. Food safety precautions may help to prevent the disease.

Iowa’s top food inspector, Steven Mandernach, said that bagged salad was behind the cyclospora outbreak that has sickened at least 143 people in that state and another 78 in Nebraska. Overall, at least 372 people in 15 states have been sickened by the rare parasite since June.

“The evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak reported in Iowa and Nebraska,” said Mandernach, chief of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. “Iowans should continue eating salads as the implicated prepackaged mix is no longer in the state’s food supply chain.”

Nebraska officials also confirmed the source, a spokeswoman said, but neither state would name the brand or the producer of the bagged salad mix — and they would not say whether it was an imported or domestic product.

But it wasn’t yet clear whether the packaged salad was linked to other infections in other states, officials with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. At least 21 people have been hospitalized in connection with the outbreak.

The cyclospora parasite in human stool has made about 250 people sick in the Midwest.

CDC
Bagged salad contaminated with the rare parasite cyclospora appears to be the source of a food poisoning outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa.

“FDA is following the strongest leads provided by the states and has prioritized ingredients of the salad mix identified by Iowa for traceback investigation, but is following other leads as well,” agency officials said in a statement Tuesday.

CDC officials said they would continue to work with federal, state and local partners “to determine whether this conclusion applies to the increase in cases of cyclosporiasis in other states.” It is not yet clear whether the cases reported in the various states are all part of the same outbreak, the agencies added.

Iowa investigators found that the salad mix from a single source was a common exposure in 80 percent of the cases, officials said. In Nebraska, 85 percent of the cases had a link prepackaged salad mix, said Leah Bucco-White, a state spokeswoman. Officials would not say why they’re withholding the brand of the salad, who made it and where it’s sold.

Gathering the information was challenging because most of the sick people ate the salad mix during the past several weeks and by the time the parasitic illness was identified, most of the product was no longer on store shelves, Iowa officials said. In addition, it can take a week or more after eating contaminated foods for people to develop symptoms of cyclospora infection.

Cyclospora is a rare parasite typically spread by feces in contaminated food or water. It causes lingering diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms. It can be treated with common antibiotics, but the test to confirm cyclospora infection isn’t commonly performed and must be specially requested.

Iowa officials said they would continue working with other states, the FDA and the CDC as the investigation continues. Health departments reporting illnesses include those in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, New York City and Ohio.

Up to 400 cases now confirmed, Texas, Iowa and other nearby states. Stay updated here:

Recall of Ground Beef, National Beef E.coli fears

Recall of Ground Beef, National Beef E.coli fears

Food safety officials have recalled 22,737lb of ground beef over fears that it could be contaminated with E.coli.

Although no illnesses have been reported, the ground beef was classed as a Class I health hazard meaning it was probable that the meat would cause serious health problems.

The food, with a sell by date of June 14, was flagged up during a routine inspection at the National Beef Packing company in Liberal, Kansas.

Health fears: Nearly 23,000lb of ground beef from Kansas has been recalled after an inspector found E.coliHealth fears: Nearly 23,000lb of ground beef from Kansas has been recalled after an inspector found E.coli

The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that some shoppers may still have the potentially contaminated food in their freezers.

An inspector found E.coli in a sample from the company during a routine inspection, which led to a voluntary recall of the meat.

Young children, the elderly and sick are at particular risk from E.coli, which causes diarrhea, dehydration and, in extreme cases, death.

Shoppers are being told to cook ground beef all the way through, to an internal temperature of 160F.

Cooking advice: Although no illnesses have been reported, shoppers are advised to thoroughly cook beef

A spokesman for the National Beef Packing company said: ‘This recall is voluntary, and there have been no reported illnesses related to the recall.’

‘We are … contacting our customers who have purchased this product.’

The meat that has been recalled include 10lb packages of National Beef 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code 0481; 10lb packages of National Beef 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code 0421”;and 10lb packages of National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code 0484.

You know the problem with this very generic warning, is I tried to find a National Beef product with the label and it appears they do not have their own label on food, they sell to other places. So how are we suppose to find the bad meat?

I could not find one example of this packaging!

Here is a link to the FDA with official details and it says they updating it .

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/FSIS-Content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/Recall-040-2013-Release

 

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Frozen Berries From Costco

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Townsend Farms Frozen Berries From Costco

Hepatitis A Outbreak

Some 30 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Colorado and four other states that have been linked to frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is investigating along with the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration in an outbreak of hepatitis A cases believed to be associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries.

The first people became ill on April 29 and the most recent on May 21. Five of these cases are Colorado residents. The number of cases in Colorado and in this outbreak may change, because on average it takes 30 days to become ill with hepatitis A after eating contaminated food.

Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries purchased from Costco appear to be the source of this outbreak. This blend includes cherries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, raspberries and strawberries. Costco has removed this product from its shelves, although a formal recall has not been issued.

FDA is further investigating this product, including testing berries for the hepatitis A virus. The investigation may take several weeks to complete.

The Colorado cases reside in the Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, Eagle and Jefferson counties. Three women and two men have become ill. They range in age from 35 to 71 years.

The state health department is asking people to check their freezers. If you have the product, dispose of it. Do not eat it.

The risk of contracting hepatitis A from eating these berries is low. However, if you have eaten Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries during the past 14 days, contact your medical provider for an immunization. If you do not have a medical provider, contact your local health department.

The hepatitis A vaccine can prevent infection if given within 14 days of exposure. Some people should receive immune globulin instead of the hepatitis A vaccine. If you ate these berries within the past 14 days please discuss with your doctor whether you should receive the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin. If you have received hepatitis A vaccine in the past, you do not need to be re-vaccinated.

If it has been more than 14 days since you have eaten these berries, the vaccine won’t be effective preventing infection. Please monitor for symptoms and contact your physician if you become ill.

Early signs of hepatitis A appear two to six weeks after exposure. Symptoms commonly include mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, dark urine and jaundice (yellow eyes or skin). It is very important if you have these symptoms that you do not go to work, especially if you work in food service, health care or child care.

The disease varies in severity, with mild cases lasting two weeks or less and more severe cases lasting four to six weeks or longer. Hepatitis A infection can be severe and can result in hospitalization. Some individuals, especially children, may not develop jaundice and may have an illness so mild it can go unnoticed. However, even mildly ill people can be highly infectious. People with symptoms suggestive of hepatitis should consult a physician immediately, even if symptoms are mild.

Hepatitis A virus is spread as a result of fecal contamination (fecal-oral route) and may be spread from person to person through close contact or through food handling. The virus is commonly spread by contaminated food or beverages. People are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A when they have been in close contact with an infected person.

For more information, please see the CDC website athttp://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Choosea.htm or call COHelp at 1-877-462-2911.

Update on Story: THIRTY people infected with Hepatitis A after frozen berry mix from Costco sparks national outbreak

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Numbers higher as more people are confirmed infected.

Beef and Salmonella Typhimurium -recall

Beef and Salmonella TyphimuriumSixteen people in five states including, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin have been sickened by a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to ground beef, The Center for Disease control and Prevention reported.

The CDC associated the source of illness to ground beef distributed by two Michigan retailers. Both, Jouni Meats and Gab Halal Foods, issued recalls of 500 and 550 pounds of ground beef respectively at the end of last week, the USDA reported.

Seven of the confirmed illnesses occurred after people had a raw beef dish called kibbeh at a Michigan restaurant. The afflictions were reported from Dec. 9th, 2012 to Jan. 7th, 2013. Though no casualties have been announced, seven of the afflicted required hospitalization, MSNBC reported Monday.

The CDC tweeted about the dangers of the epidemic and safety measures on Monday morning.

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CDC investigates outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to ground beef. Find out how to protect yourself! http://go.usa.gov/48VH

As a general rule, the CDC recommendsnot eating raw or under-cooked ground beef; washing hands, kitchen work surfaces and utensils after being in contact with raw meats or poultry; avoiding cross-contamination of foods by keeping beef and poultry separate from other foods; and refrigerating raw and cooked meat and poultry within two hours of purchase.

Gatorade to remove Brominated Vegetable Oil- ingredient used in flame retardant “BVO”

Brominated vegetable oil, a synthetic chemical that has been patented in Europe as a flame retardant, will no longer double as an ingredient in Gatorade sports drinks.

Molly Carter, a spokeswoman for Gatorade owner PepsiCo Inc., said the company has been considering the move for more than a year, working on a way to take out the ingredient without affecting the flavor of the drink.

A recent petition on Change.org to drop the chemical – which has more than 200,000 supporters – did not inspire the decision, Carter said, though she acknowledged that consumer feedback was the main impetus.

In the petition, posted by Sarah Kavanagh of Hattiesburg, Miss., “BVO” is described as banned in Japan and theEuropean Union.

The effort quotes a Scientific American article suggesting that “BVO could be building up in human tissues” and that studies on mice have shown “reproductive and behavioral problems” linked to large doses of the chemical.

The reformulated Gatorade flavors “will start rolling out in the next few months,” Carter said.

There’s no hard date for the launch because “we’re not recalling Gatorade,” she said. “We don’t think our products are unsafe. We don’t think there are health or safety risks.”

The BVO ingredient was used as a flavor emulsifier, helping to distribute Gatorade’s coloring throughout the bottle, Carter said. Now, the company is swapping in another emulsifier with an intimidating name: sucrose acetate isobutyrate.

The effort quotes a Scientific American article suggesting that “BVO could be building up in human tissues” and that studies on mice have shown “reproductive and behavioral problems” linked to large doses of the chemical.

The reformulated Gatorade flavors “will start rolling out in the next few months,” Carter said.

There’s no hard date for the launch because “we’re not recalling Gatorade,” she said. “We don’t think our products are unsafe. We don’t think there are health or safety risks.”

The BVO ingredient was used as a flavor emulsifier, helping to distribute Gatorade’s coloring throughout the bottle, Carter said. Now, the company is swapping in another emulsifier with an intimidating name: sucrose acetate isobutyrate.

What exactly is Brominated vegetable oil?

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is vegetable oil that has had atoms of the element bromine bonded to it. Brominated vegetable oil is used to stabilize citrus-flavored soft drinks. Its high density helps the droplets of natural fat-soluble citrus flavors stay suspended in the drink. BVO has been used by the soft drink industry since 1931.[1][2]

The addition of BVO increases the density of the oil. The amount added is carefully controlled so that the citrus flavor oil has the same density as the water in the drink. As a result, the droplets containing BVO remain suspended in the water rather than separating and floating at the surface.

Is Brominated vegetable oil safe?

It has not been banned yet in the US, but is banned in Japan and parts of Europe.
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Brominated vegetable oil is banned in many countries because of the known side effects of bromine on human beings.
Bromine is a halogen and displaces iodine, which can depress thyroid function, as well as known side effects such as: depression, memory loss, hallucinations, violent tendencies, psychosis, seizures, cerebral atrophy, acute irritability, tremors, ataxia, confusion, loss of peripheral vision, slurred speech, stupor, tendon reflex changes, photophobia due to enlarged pupils, extensor plantar responses, fatigue, lethargy, loss of muscle coordination, and headache.
In animal testing, BVO consumption has caused damage to the heart and kidneys in addition to increasing fat deposits in these organs, as well as testicular damage and stunted growth.

Brominated vegetable oil is patented as a flame retardant and it’s banned in food all over Europe and Japan, but it’s on the ingredient list of about 10 percent of sodas in the U.S. It’s not in Coca-Cola, but is in Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, and in some flavors of Powerade and Gatorade.

What brominated vegetable oil (BVO) does to soda is, Coca-Cola explains, “prevent the citrus flavoring oils from floating to the surface in beverages.” The fruit flavors that are mixed into a drink would otherwise settle out. What BVO does when it’s acting as a flame retardant is not much different: It slows down the chemical reactions that cause a fire.

Safe For Consumption?
The FDA established safety limits for the substance in the 1970s, but Environmental Health News reports about growing concerns that the limit was informed by reports put out by an industry group containing outdated and, as industry-generated information tends to be, less-than-comprehensive data.

EHN has the details:

After a few extreme soda binges — not too far from what many gamers regularly consume – a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine. Other studies suggest that BVO could be building up in human tissues, just like other brominated compounds such as flame retardants. In mouse studies, big doses caused reproductive and behavioral problems.

EHN explains that BVO was pulled from the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list for flavor additives in 1970, “bounced back after studies from an industry group from 1971 to 1974 demonstrated a level of safety,” at which point the Flavor Extract Manufacturers’ Association (which actually exists—not to be confused with the government agency FEMA) “petitioned the FDA to get BVO back in fruit-flavored beverages, this time as a stabilizer, which is its role today.”

Interim Approval — For More Than 30 Years
Today, more than 30 years (and much animal testing, including on pigs and beagles) later, the approval status for BVO is still listed as interim. EHN reports that changing that status would be expensive and quotes FDA spokesman Douglas Karas saying it “is not a public health priority for the agency at this time.”

With BVO banned in so many countries, there are feasible alternatives. And that brings us to the unsurprising but disturbing note on which the EHN story ends:

Wim Thielemans, a chemical engineer at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, said since the alternatives are already used in Europe “their performance must be acceptable, if not comparable, to the U.S.-used brominated systems.” That means “the main driver for not replacing them may be cost,” he said.”It is a North American problem,” Vetter added. “In the E.U., BVO will never be permitted.”

 

Food Fraud- Is it real? Foods that are not what they seem

Pomegranate juice with sugar and filler food fraudFood Fraud, how much of the food you eat is actually what it says it is and how can you know?


Healthy ingredients added to a list of foods regularly being bulked out with cheap – and sometimes harmful – substitutes by manufacturers

Pomegranate and other fruit juices, white tuna, olive oil, powdered spices and maple syrup all appear in the Food Fraud Database.

Most diners would feel pretty virtuous after a meal of tuna prepared in olive oil, washed down with a glass of pomegranate juice.

But all three supposedly healthy ingredients have appeared on a lists of foods that some manufacturers are regularly bulking out with cheaper – sometimes potentially harmful – fillers and substitutes.

The ‘food fraud’ list was compiled by the respected U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, which sets quality standards for food and medicines, as it warned consumers that items on supermarket shelves are not always exactly what they seem.

Food fraud: Some manufacturers are selling cheap escolar – a fish that has been linked to a type of food poisoning – masquerading as tuna, a report warns

Other fruit juices and jams, maple syrup and powdered spices including saffron and turmeric also appear in the organisation’s database of foods to be wary of.

According to the Food Fraud Database some manufacturers are substituting tuna for cheaper escolar, a fish that has been banned in many countries because of its links to food poisoning.

It also states that many types of pomegranate juice – which has been lauded for its health-boosting properties – that claim to be 100 per cent juice are actually diluted with other juices or sweetened water.

Some olive oils are also diluted with less pricey oils, while spices such as turmeric and chilli powder are often contaminated with ‘fillers’.

The report says foreign manufacturers have been known to add clouding agents to lemon juice and other juices to make them appear freshly-squeezed. It cites a case in Taiwan which saw around 4,000 people fall ill after ingesting products laced with dangerous pthalates – a chemical used in plastics.

Honey and maple syrup: High fructose corn syrup or other sugars might be snuck in to enhance sweetness.

Banned foods‘Fillers’: Pomegranate juice, left, has been said to slow the spread of cancer, while olive oil, right, can help lower cholesterol – but both have appeared on a list of foods that often contain unexpected additives

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention defines food fraud as ‘deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain’.

Dr Markus Lipp, senior director of food standards at the organisation said foods become fraudulent when a manufacturer is not honest with the U.S. Department of Agriculture or other regulatory bodies about what exactly is going into their products.

He told the New York Daily News that the database was compiled to try and ‘promote informed decision making’ among consumers, adding: ‘In general, the U.S. food supply is very safe’.

The content of supermarket beefburgers was last week at the centre of a scandal that erupted when horse meat was discovered in frozen patties being sold at Tesco.

Salmonella-Nestle Recall batches of Nestle’s Nesquik, may have Salmonella contamination

Nestle-Salmonella Recall

Salmonella fear-Nestle Chocolate Drink Mix recalled.

Nestle’s Nesquik: a chocolate powder that, combined with milk, becomes a sweet drink for kids.
Nestle USA announced that it’s voluntarily recalling the chocolate powder due to salmonella concerns. Nestle made the decision after Omya Inc., a supplier of the Nesquik ingredient calcium carbonate, told Nestle of a potential salmonella contamination, reports CBS News. The potentially tainted batches were produced last month and sold nationwide. The recall is limited to 10.9, 21.8, and 40.7-ounce canisters; consumers should examine these for October 2014 expiration dates. Salmonella is bacteria that may cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, but so far, no Nesquik-related illnesses have been reported. The Los Angeles Times shares Nestle’s statement on the recall: “We apologize to our consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this incident.”

Nestle USA is recalling some of its Nesquik chocolate powder because of a possible salmonella risk.

The food maker said Thursday that the Nesquik involved was in 10.9-, 21.8- and 40.7-ounce canisters produced in early October and sold at retailers across the country.

Nestle says it is issuing the recall after its ingredient supplier, Omaya Inc., decided to recall some of the calcium carbonate used in the product due to possible Salmonella contamination. The company says there are no reported illnesses associated with the product.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. It can be life-threatening in infants, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.

The affected products have a “Best if sold by” date of October 2014.The recall includes the following products and unit production codes, which are located on the bottom of the canister.

-40.7 ounce powder with UPC 0 28000 68230 9 2282574810 2282574820

-21.8 ounce powder with UPC 0 28000 68090 9 2278574810 2278574820 2279574810 2279574820 2284574820 2284574830 2285574810 2285574820 2287574820 2289574810 2289574820

-10.9 ounce powder with UPC 0 28000 67990 3 2278574810

No other varieties of Nesquik powder are in the recall.

Nestle said that consumers who bought the affected Nesquik products should not use it and can return it for a refund or contact Nestle Consumer Services at(800) 628-7679.

Salmonella recalls are not uncommon in the food industry. Most recently a salmonella outbreak at the country’s largest organic peanut processing plant lead to a major recall of peanut butter and other nut products over the past two months.

 

Peanut Recall Salmonella Fears for both Raw and Roasted

peanut recall salmonella fear, raw and cooked peanut productsPeanut Recall, Raw and Roasted Peanuts Now Involved in Massive Recall Involving Salmonella

Peanut Recall Salmonella fears for massive recall.
The recall of products containing peanut butter and other nut butters sold by many retailers under many labels has more than doubled to 240 products, with the FDA reporting a “fast-moving outbreak” of salmonella-induced sickness in 19 states

 Responding to what it called a “fast-moving outbreak” of salmonella-caused sickness in at least 19 states including three cases in Connecticut, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that the company recall of nut butter products made by Sunland Inc. and sold under many labels has more than doubled to at least 240 products. Peanut Recall Salmonella fear about both raw and roasted peanuts. Here is the list of products so far from the FDA on their website, click here.

The recall list includes several well-known brands and a variety of peanut butter products as well as almond butter, cashew butter, tahini, and roasted blanched peanut products. This random list indicates the range:

  • Archer Farms Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Fresh & Easy Creamy Peanut Butter Cups
  • Harry & David Creamy Caramel Peanut Spread
  • Kirkland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter Newman-O’s Sandwich Crème Cookies
  • Sunland Organic Thai Ginger Peanut Butter
  • Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato
  • Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter
  • Whole Foods Treasure Trove Mix (bulk foods)
  • Yogurtland Dark Roast Peanut Butter with Flax

Not every container of the products in the list above or the much longer lists available from the FDA and from Sunland is affected. It depends on the batch, as shown by the UPC or SKU numbers. Those numbers can be found on the recall lists and on product containers.

The lists from the FDA and Sunland, however, may not contain all the recalled products. The Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato in the list above, for example, does not appear on either of those lists. The Sacramento Bee on Saturday published a news release from PR Newswire saying that the one-pint container of this gelato – with UPC code 1 86852  00094 5 printed on the back of the container and “Best By” date range of 3/21/13 through 3/26/14 printed on the bottom of the container – is being recalled by the company.

The recall affects products made at the Sunland facility in Portales, New Mexico, between March 1, 2010 and September 24, 2012, the FDA said. Peanut Recall Salmonella fear about both raw and roasted peanuts.

Sunland has established a 24-hour, toll-free line that customers can use to contact the company for information about the recall: 1-866-837-1018.

The outbreak strain – Salmonella Bredeney – was identified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture laboratory in a jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter collected from the home of one of 35 patients reported infected so far, the FDA said.

Trader Joe’s has posted a notice to customers about the recall on its website.

The voluntary recalls are being conducted by the companies involved.

The recall effort began Sept. 23 when the FDA and the federal Centers for Disease Control briefed Sunland on their findings. On the evening of the next day, Sept. 24, Sunland expanded the recall to about 100 products, the FDA said. The company expanded the list to 240 this week.

“Consumers should not eat the recalled products,” the FDA said. “This is especially important for children under the age of 5 years, elderly adults, and people with weak immune systems.”

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps occurring 12-72 hours after infection, with the illness usually lasting between four and seven days, according to the FDA. Most people recover without treatment, but some patients can develop severe complications.Peanut Recall Salmonella fear about both raw and roasted peanuts.

Customers with affected products within the current shelf life, or “Best-if-used-by” dates, should return them to wherever they were purchased for a refund or discard them, the FDA said. Those past their shelf life should be discarded.

The FDA and CDC are continuing their investigations with cooperation from several state health departments.