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More Private Labels Linked to Outbreak

PORTALES, New Mexico — The recall of Trader Joe's Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter has expanded to include almond butter sold under Target's Archer Farms, the Fresh & Easy brand and other private labels produced by Sunland Inc., due to a possible link to a salmonella strain affecting 29 people in 18 states. 

On September 20, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of California briefed Trader Joe's Market on the situation, and the company agreed to remove the product from its shelves. The recalled peanut butter was distributed to stores nationwide and was available on the Internet. Production and distribution has been suspended while the FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier, Sunland Inc., continue their investigation. 

On Monday, Sunland voluntarily recalled almond butter and peanut butter products that were manufactured on the same product line as Trader Joe's peanut butter between May 1 and September 24. The recall includes 76 SKUs sold under brands such as Heinen's, Sprouts Farmers Market and Open Nature. 

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Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune system are especially vulnerable.

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