by Ian Froeb
Sunland Inc. continues to expand the scope of its voluntary recall of products linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened at least 35 individuals in nineteen states.
Having already expanded that recall to include two years' worth of peanut butter and other nut-based butters, on Friday of last week the company expanded it again to include its raw and roasted peanuts, both shelled and in-shell.
Specifically, the recall is being extended to include raw and roasted peanuts, both in-shell and shelled, which were processed in its Peanut Processing Plant located in Portales, New Mexico, and which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.
The roasted and roasted/salted peanuts being recalled were distributed during the six month period prior to the recall date (April 12, 2012 - October 12, 2012), and will have best by/expiration dates on the packaging from October 12, 2012 through April 12, 2013. The raw peanuts being recalled (shelled and in-shell), were distributed during the twelve months prior to the recall date (October 12, 2011 - October 12, 2012), and will have either best by dates from October 12, 2012 through October 12, 2013 on the packaging, or a "Crop Year" marking on the package of 2011 or 2012, up to and including October 12, 2012.
The release includes a list of all the Sunland products. It does not, however, include, all of the products made by other companies that might have used these peanuts. Already, two nutrition bars have been recalled due to the use of Sunland peanuts: Creative Energy Foods' Ridgeland brand and the same company's Crunch thickThin nutrition bars.