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Year-long hunt finds almost 200 Peter Pan, Great Value victims

Close to 200 victims of the Salmonella serotype Tennessee outbreak that ended in early 2007 are in line for restitution when ConAgra Grocery Products Co. appears in federal court for sentencing. Credit for finding so many documented victims of a nearly decade-old outbreak goes to federal Judge W. Louis Sands, who has delayed proceedings in… Continue Reading

Former Top U.S. Organic Peanut Butter Plant Now Stands Idle

Salmonella outbreak still being felt in New Mexico

Before the foodborne disease outbreak two years ago that spread Salmonella Bredeney infections to 20 states, Portales, NM, could brag about Sunland Inc. being the nation’s largest producer of organic peanut butter. Now in bankruptcy, Sunland was forced in April to sell the plant responsible for those bragging rights for $26 million to help pay… Continue Reading

Second Auction for Sunland Plant Brings In Almost $6 Million More for Creditors

Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant at Portales, NM, has been sold to Canada’s Golden Boy Foods, a move that could restart a facility closed after a 2012 Salmonella outbreak that sickened 46 people in 20 states. Golden Boy’s winning bid came Wednesday at the second court-ordered auction held in the past week to dispose of Sunland’s… Continue Reading

Sunland Organic Peanut Butter Plant to be Auctioned on Thursday

What began 18 months ago with the recall of organic peanut butter involved in a Salmonella outbreak will end later this week when the shuttered Sunland Inc. processing plant goes on the auction block. In September 2012, when Trader Joe’s recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, manufactured in Portales, NM, by Sunland, the processing… Continue Reading

Costco Getting Back Peanuts Purchased for Sunland

Costco Wholesale Corp.’s attempt is moving forward to keep millions of dollars in peanuts from being included in the liquidation of Sunland, Inc., once the largest organic peanut butter processor in the U.S. The Issaquah, WA-based corporate giant found peanuts it was acquiring to help Sunland locked up when the New Mexico peanut processor filed… Continue Reading

Costco Played Major Role in Bankruptcy of Nation’s Largest Organic Peanut Butter Maker

Federal court records show that the Oct. 8 bankruptcy filing by the nation’s largest organic peanut butter processor was sparked by Issaquah, WA-based Costco, a membership-based warehouse club, when it unilaterally terminated a deal it had with Portales, NM-based Sunland, Inc. It’s left a side dispute for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for New Mexico to… Continue Reading

Former PCA Manager Running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

Kenneth Kendrick, whose warnings went unheeded about the potential for contamination at peanut processing plants in Plainview, TX, and Portales, NM, has filed papers to become the Texas Green Party candidate for Agriculture Commissioner for the Lone Star State. Kendrick once worked for the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America, which ran a peanut processing plant… Continue Reading

Sunland’s Creditors Invited to Nov. 12 Meeting in Roswell, NM

The nation’s largest organic peanut butter company and the first food business to ever lose its federal registration during an outbreak of foodborne illness now finds itself in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Sunland, Inc.’s financial meltdown has left the remote eastern New Mexico town of Portales in mourning over the loss of jobs and a market… Continue Reading