Peanut butter recall expanded to more than 400 nut products

Peanut butter recall expanded to more than 400 nut products

More than 400 products containing nuts have been recalled. More than 400 products containing nuts have been recalled.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - A recall of peanut butter and other nut products has some of the country's largest grocery stores pulling store-brand products off their shelves.

Now, the company, New Mexico-based Sunland Inc., has expanded its recall of peanut butter to include raw and roasted peanuts. This includes shelled and unshelled peanuts.

The list of recalled items now tops 400 products.

The peanuts, sold under the Sunland brand name, were sold in packages ranging from two ounces to 50 pounds.

The "best if used by" date for the roasted peanuts is between Oct. 12, 2012 and Apr. 12, 2013. For the raw, it's between Oct. 12, 2012 and Oct. 12, 2013.

The company, which sells its nuts and nut butters to large groceries and other food distributors around the country, originally recalled products under multiple brand names last month after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands it manufactures.

In addition to Trader Joe's, the recall has included some nut butters and nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Safeway, Fresh & Easy, Kroger and Walmart as well as other stores.

Some of those retailers used Sunland ingredients in items they prepared and packaged themselves.

Several retailers have issued additional recalls, including items made with Sunland ingredients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been at least 30 salmonella illnesses in 19 states that can be traced to the Trader Joe's peanut butter.

No other foods have been linked to the illnesses, but Sunland recalled other products manufactured on the same equipment as the Trader Joe's products.

Those sickened reported becoming ill between June 11 and Sept. 11, according to the CDC.

Almost two-thirds of those who became ill were children under the age of 10. No deaths have been reported.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.

The full list of recalled products can found on the FDA's website.

The FDA is urging consumers not to eat any of these products and to return them to the retailer where the items were purchased them.

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