A Salmonella outbreak made 29 people, mostly children, sick between June 11 and Sept. 2, 2012, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No deaths have been reported; however, "more than three-fourths of those who became ill were children under the age of 18." The original Trader Joe's recall of its Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter due to a salmonella outbreak has been expanded to include other types of nut butters.
More than just peanut butter products
Peanut-free families are not immune to the recall. Sunland Inc. in New Mexico produces the Trader Joe's peanut butter as well as other brands of peanut butter, nut butters, and seeds. Sunland has expanded the recall to include more than 100 products containing tahini (sesame) peanut, cashew or almond butter.
People have fallen ill in Ariz., Calif., Conn., Ill., La., Md, Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C. Pa., RI, Texas, Va. and Wash. The products were sold online, in Trader Joes's, and in large grocery store chains.
The original recall affects any Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter with a "use by date" between May 23, 2013, and June 28, 2013. Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds are on the expanded list of recalled products. Sunland issued a recall of Almond Peanut and Cashew Butters, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut products manufactured between May 1, 2012, and September 24, 2012 for precautionary reasons. Families should remove these products from their pantries and throw them away.
Brands on the Sunland recall list include Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen's, Joseph's, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout's, Sunland and Dogsbutter.
Salmonella symptoms typically occur 12 to 72 hours after infection and the illness can last between four and seven days according to the according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.
Children are the most susceptible to salmonellosis, as are older adults, and people who have impaired immune systems. A physical exam, stool culture and blood tests can confirm a diagnosis of salmonella according to WebMD. Severe diarrhea could lead to dehydration and require hospitalization according to Food Safety News.
"In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis" according to the FDA.
If you suspect salmonella poisoning, contact your doctor or child's pediatrician.