Peanut Butter Recall Expands: Which Raw And Roasted Nuts Are Safe To Eat?

By Amir Khan on October 16, 2012 3:55 PM EDT

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The peanut butter recall is spiraling out of control, and is now affecting more than just peanut butter. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The peanut butter recall is spiraling out of control, and is now affecting more than just peanut butter. Raw and roasted nuts are no longer safe to eat either, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, after more than 400 people have reported falling ill from salmonella.

The peanut butter recall first resulted in Trader Joe-branded peanut butter jars being pulled from shelved, but has since grown to include 14 different peanut butter brands and now raw and roasted peanuts as well. All instances of salmonella have been traced back to a single processing plant.

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The FDA released a statement on the latest recall expansion.

The FDA announces that, on October 12, Sunland Inc. expanded its ongoing recall to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from 2 ounces to 50 pounds which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.

Since late September, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health officials have been investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections linked to a peanut butter made by Sunland Inc.  As part of the continuing investigation, the FDA has been inspecting the Sunland Inc. production facilities, which include a building in which peanuts are processed and a separate building in which nut butters are made. 

FDA testing has found the presence of Salmonella in raw peanuts from the peanut processing facility.  Environmental samples taken from this building also show the presence of Salmonella. Environmental samples are samples taken from various surfaces in the production or manufacturing facility that would likely harbor bacteria.  

Additionally, FDA analysis has confirmed that environmental samples taken from the Sunland nut butter facility and peanut butter made in the facility show the presence of Salmonella with a DNA fingerprint that is the same as the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.

Sunland Inc. reports that it has ceased the production and distribution of all products from both its nut butter facility and its peanut processing facility.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, which can be bloody, and abdominal cramps with little or no fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms generally last a week but can be more serious or even deadly in children, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems.

The massive list of recalled items is viewable on the FDA's website.

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