Peanut butter and almond butter made by Sunland, a company in New Mexico, is being recalled after a Trader Joe’s product it makes was linked to 29 cases of salmonella in 18 states, including a case reported in North Carolina.
Katalin Coburn, a spokesperson for Sunland, said all of the confirmed cases in the outbreak were linked to Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. But other brands made on the same manufacturing line are being recalled as a precaution.
“No other product has been linked,” she said Monday.
The voluntary recall includes almond and peanut butters sold under Target’s Archer Farms brand, as well as Earth Balance, fresh & easy, heinen’s, Joseph’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power, Serious Food, Snaclite, Sprouts and Sunland.
The products were made by Sunland between May 1 and Sept. 24 and distributed in 18 states, including North Carolina.
Illnesses have been documented in eight states, including a child in North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday that the child was hospitalized but recovered. No details were available on where or when that case occurred.
The type of salmonella involved is called Salmonella Bredeney. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment, but severe diarrhea can require hospitalization to prevent potentially fatal complications. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.