Entries in Peanut Butter (5)


Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The recall of peanut butter and other nut products linked to an outbreak of salmonella from a New Mexico food company has now been expanded to include raw and roasted peanuts.

More than 400 products have been added to the growing list of recalled items, including MoonPies and ice cream, according to a list released by Sunland Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration’s list of manufacturers that have recalled their own products.

Sunland Inc. has already recalled peanut butter brands sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Walmart, Kroeger, Target and Costco.  The FDA has warned consumers not to eat any products associated with Sunland, and to discard them right away because they might be tainted with salmonella.

Thirty-five people have been sickened in 19 states from coast to coast and there is concern that with so many products on the list, that number could grow.

Sunland has recalled everything made in its contaminated plant since March 2010.

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.  Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

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Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Recall Expands to Dozens of Other Products

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Trader Joe's, a national grocery chain, already found itself having to recall its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter with Sea Salt because of links to 29 salmonella cases in 18 states when the news got worse on Monday.

Sunland, a New Mexico-based company that makes the peanut butter for Trader Joe's, said it was expanding the recall to 76 other peanut and almond products, mainly as a precaution since no other cases of salmonella have been traced to these items.

Katalin Coburn, Sunland's vice president of media relations, said "the products in question were manufactured on the same line that manufactured the Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter."

In all cases, it's the name of the retailer, not Sunland, that's on the label of the various merchandise.

Salmonella causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain 12 to 72 hours after infection.  Young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are most at risk to developing severe infections.

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Low-Cal Peanut Butter Is a Dream for Dieters

PB2(NEW YORK) -- If eating peanut butter straight from the jar is wreaking havoc on your waistline, a new low-cal powdered option might be worth a try.

Two new powdered peanut butters on the market are offering the same delicious taste of peanut butter at a fraction of the calories and fat.

The new products, Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Peanut Butter and PB2, both contain 45 calories and zero saturated fat in a 2-tablespoon portion.  The products are free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners.

Traditional peanut butter weighs in at about 190 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat for a 2-tablespoon portion.  But regular peanut butter contains more protein and fiber, compared with the powdered substitute.

The company website states that PB2 removes over “85% of the fat from premium quality peanuts.”

“Essentially, the oil is squeezed out of roasted peanuts and what remains is our famous powdered peanut butter – all natural with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.”

The products have already generated a cult following, including Weight Watchers’ customers looking for a peanut butter solution without all of the points.

“This product is fantastic, all the yummy goodness of peanut butter without the hefty calories that usually comes with it,” one reviewer raves on the site.

Both companies also offer chocolate peanut butter options but testers generally prefer the original.  The powder can be used in many different recipes for added peanut flavor without the fat.

Just Great Stuff’s Organic Powdered Peanut Butter is available online and in natural food stores at $8.50 for a 6.5oz jar.  PB2 is available across the country or online and offers four 6.5oz jars for $15.96.

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New Peanut Butter Cheerios Worry Parents of Allergic Kids

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- General Mills has recently introduced Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter cereal, which the manufacturer touts as allowing consumers to  ”(i)ndulge in real peanut butter taste without derailing your diet.”

But parents with children who have peanut allergies worry that the new product could, in fact, derail their kids’ peanut-free diets if playmates share their snacks with them.

Others have voiced concerns of cross-contamination at facilities manufacturing both traditional Cheerios, a long-favored snack among toddlers, and peanut butter Cheerios.

In a statement, General Mills said the company could say with “complete confidence” that Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter will not cross-contaminate other Cheerios varieties."

“General Mills employs the most stringent allergen control practices in the industry,” the company said.

The Cheerios fears come on the heels of the death last week of a Virginia first grader who suffered an allergic reaction during recess.  Her mother told reporters she had a peanut allergy.  Police reported on Wednesday that she had received a peanut from another student who was unaware of her allergy.

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Smucker's Recalls Peanut Butter on Salmonella Concerns

FDA/USDA(WASHINGTON) -- Smucker’s announced a voluntary recall on chunky peanut butter products Thursday, saying they could be contaminated with salmonella.

The company said the products in question are 16 oz. jars of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with best-if-used-by dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012.

The recalled peanut butter was distributed to Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

There have been no illnesses reported in connection with the possibly tainted product, Smucker’s said.

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