Peanut Butter Salmonella Recall Expands to Walmart, Target

The family of a Grafton boy who contracted salmonella is suing Trader Joe's; they purchased the contaminated product in Shrewsbury.

The voluntary recall of salmonella-tainted peanut and almond butter has expanded beyond Trader Joe’s stores to include more than 70 products sold nationwide.

Thirty people in a total of 19 states have reported salmonella food poisoning that was later linked to the contaminated nut butters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One of those cases was in Grafton, reported WBZ-TV.

Jackson Henson, 4, of South Grafton, became ill with salmonella after eating tainted peanut butter, and his family has filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's in Shrewsbury, WBZ reported.

Stores that carry products named in the recall include Target, Wal-mart and GNC. The almond and peanut butters were manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24. Sunland, Inc. is the manufacturer of the peanut and almond butter, which are sold under a variety of brand names, including Target's Archer Farms brand and Earth Balance.

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About two-thirds of the illness were reported in children younger than 10.

Salmonella symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can cause particularly nasty infections in the very young or old and people with weakened immune systems.

"There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers, particularly the many families who enjoy our peanut butter everyday," Jimmie Shearer, president and CEO of Sunland, Inc. said in a statement. "While FDA, CDC, and State Health Agencies investigate to confirm the cause of illnesses reported, as a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall our Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Please return the product to your supermarket for a full refund or dispose of it."

Read the full list of recalled products.

John B. October 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Why dont they report the thousands of Salmonella cases that children and adults contract each year from dogs? Keep Reading - North Reading clean. Prohibit dog fouling in public.
Kathy October 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I agree John B. 2 years ago I had Salmonella. The doctors diagnosis was that I contracted it from my dog. Samples were taken from my pet and she tested positive. Its a very serious illness.


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