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You may want to check your shelves for peanut butter that's being recalled due to salmonella concerns.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says Sunland is voluntarily recalling some of its 16-ounce jars of Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan. The affected jars have sell-by dates between 5/1/13 - 9/24/13.
There have been 29 confirmed cases of salmonella in 18 states, including Missouri. The outbreak has been traced to peanut butter from companies like Trader Joes and Sunland.
Edited news release from Springfield-Greene County Health Department:
A recalled peanut butter product may be on local store shelves, and health inspectors are asking consumers to be aware.
Earlier this week, Sunland, Inc. announced a voluntary recall for a variety of peanut butter-based and related products due to confirmed cases of salmonella. These kinds of voluntary product recalls are not uncommon and are a result of a system put into place to safeguard consumers from illness. Typically, this process catches potentially contaminated products well upstream of their appearance on store shelves, and that is what has happened with the vast majority of the Sunland products that are part of this recall.
However, food inspectors with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department have found one particular product on some store shelves, which is why the department is asking consumers to be check their shelves at home.
The product: 16 oz. containers of Naturally More Peanut Butter, Gluten Free Vegan, with use by dates between May 1, 2013 and Sept. 24, 2013.
The voluntary recall was initiated after 29 people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Missouri. No local cases have been reported.
These products may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Specific products information can be found here.
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