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Peanut, Almond Butters Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination After Four Sickened


Six brands of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The recall, announced Tuesday, includes peanut and almond butter products sold by Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and… Continue Reading

Federal Prosecutors May Want Their Own Psychoanalysis on Parnell

Last month, attorneys for Stewart Parnell said that the former Peanut Corporation of America CEO did not have the mental capacity to intentionally commit multiple felonies, including wire fraud and conspiracy, because he suffers from attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Now, in a motion filed Dec. 4, federal prosecutors say that if Parnell’s attorneys are… Continue Reading

Sunland Peanut Butter May Return to Shelves Next Month


Sunland, Inc., the New Mexico-based peanut butter producer involved in a multistate Salmonella outbreak and massive product recall in 2012, has resumed operations after a half-year suspension, and aims to have peanut butter back on store shelves next month, company executives told the Associated Press Thursday. The nation’s largest organic nut butter maker was the… Continue Reading

Peanut Corp. Executives Plead Innocent

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Four of the Peanut Corporation of America executives indicted with federal criminal charges last week have pleaded innocent to the 76-count charges that include fraud, conspiracy, and the introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud or mislead, the Associated Press reports. PCA CEO and President Stewart Parnell, PCA food broker… Continue Reading

Feds Sue Peanut Butter Maker Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak


UPDATE:   U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson of the District of New Mexico has signed a consent decree imposing requirements on Sunland Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of peanut products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney, to keep potentially harmful products from entering the marketplace, The U.S. government  asked a federal court to issue… Continue Reading

Salmonella and Peanut Butter: Victims’ Stories


A little more than a week ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the end of the Salmonella outbreak tied to Trader Joe’s peanut butter made by Sunland Inc. in New Mexico. In total, at least 42 people in 20 states fell ill, with 10 requiring hospitalization. Headlines from recent years have made the… Continue Reading

Final Case Count on Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Hits 42


At least 42 people in 20 states have fallen ill with Salmonella in the outbreak linked to peanut butter made by Sunland Inc. in Portales, N.M., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak is believed to have ended. One new case has been reported in North Carolina since the previous… Continue Reading

Advocates Praise FDA’s Sunland Suspension, Urge Action on FSMA


Prominent food safety advocates praised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for using its newly granted authority Monday to suspend the registration of Sunland Inc., the nation’s largest organic peanut butter producer and the company tied to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 41 people in 20 states. At the same time, the… Continue Reading

FDA Suspends Sunland Peanut Butter Plant

First use of agency's newly granted authority


For the first time in agency history, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday used its authority to suspend the registration of peanut butter processor Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., the plant connected to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 41 people across 20 states. Without a proper FDA registration, Sunland —… Continue Reading

Sunland Peanut Butter Recall Goes International


Peanut products manufactured by Sunland Inc. in Portales, N.M. responsible for sickening at least 41 people in the U.S. with Salmonella have fallen under the scrutiny of international food safety authorities in recent weeks. Consumers in Canada, Hong Kong, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Norway have received warnings about the potential danger of imported… Continue Reading