SE Michigan child sickened by national salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter

Trader Joe's recalls peanut butter, almond butter products amid national salmonella outbreak


Health officials say a child in southeast Michigan is among those sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter and almond butter.

The Michigan departments of Community Health and Agriculture and Rural Development said Tuesday they're working with other agencies on an investigation. Illness onset dates range from June 11 to Sept. 2. The age range of ill individuals is less than 1 year to 77, with 76 percent of all cases being under the age of 18. Roughly 36 percent reported being hospitalized.

A New Mexico-based company has recalled peanut butter and almond butter after a product it sold to Trader Joe's groceries was linked to the salmonella outbreak.

Sunland Inc. recalled the products after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 30 salmonella illnesses in 19 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's product.

The product comes in a 16 ounce, plastic jar and was sold in Trader Joe's stores nationwide as well as on the Internet. All code dates are included in this recall—up to and including 26JUL13 (July 26, 2013).

Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm Pacific Time.

Michigan residents are advised to check the Sunland Inc. recall list: Products and UPS codes.

Consumers can contact Sunland Inc. at (866) 837-1018, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall.

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