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Second Auction May Fetch Millions More For NM Organic Peanut Processing Plant

The Portales, NM, processing plant that was at one time the largest producer of organic peanut butter in the U.S. was auctioned off last Thursday to Severn, NC-based Hampton Farms for $20.05 million. However, the Sunland Inc. plant will be auctioned off again today for at least $25 million, an amount offered to the U.S…. 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

Top Ten Most Important Food Safety Stories of 2012

Editor’s Note: We continue today with our look back at what happened in 2012 with the Top Ten Most Important Stories of 2012 as selected by the writers and editors of Food Safety News. Like yesterday’s Reader’s Choices, the stories that drove Food Safety News’ readership to new heights, the Top Ten is a way… 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

Sunland Asking FDA for Permission to Shell Peanuts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is under increasing pressure to at least allow the shelling of Valencia peanuts grown during the past season that are now mostly stored in Sunland Inc.’s warehouses. Sunland Inc.’s peanut processing facility in Portales, NM—linked to a 20 state outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened at least 41… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: FDA “Hereby Suspends”


It was one week short of 700 days when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dropped the hammer on the economy of Portales, NM. It was that long between Jan. 11, 2011, the day President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law after it had been passed by large bipartisan majorities… 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