PORTALES, N.M. — Now in its fourth week, the Sunland Inc. peanut product recall involves several hundred SKUs, and categories as varied as ice cream and pet food.
Sunland recalled 311 peanut products as of last week, including almond and peanut butters sold under Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Target, Fresh & Easy and Heinen’s private label brands, and raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts distributed to produce houses and supermarket chains.
Also issuing recalls are dozens of companies like the maker of Earthbound Farm Baby Spinach Grab & Go Salad Kit with Peanuts that were chopped by Sunland. Yoghund Organic Banana & Peanut Butter flavor frozen yogurt dog treats have also been recalled, as have Mondelez Global’s Green & Black’s Organic Peanut & Sea Salt Chocolate Bar.
“As far as Sunland is concerned our [recall] list has been complete, but there is a ripple effect since Sunland sold a lot of bulk peanuts,” said spokeswoman Katalin Coburn. “The final users have to issue their own recall.”
Despite the breadth of categories, the American Peanut Council has gotten no indication that consumers are avoiding peanut products altogether, said President Patrick Archer.
“We haven’t gotten a single consumer call and I haven’t heard any reports from our industry members about consumption changing,” he said.
While Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Sprouts and Safeway did not return SN’s request for comment, Coburn is confident that retailers will continue their private-label business with Sunland when it becomes operational in six to eight weeks.
“We have received tremendous support from our private-label customers, and yes, we will be back with the private-label brands,” Coburn said.
A total of 35 people have been infected with the Salmonella Bredeney outbreak strain linked to the nut products. Eight have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.
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