After hearing of the Trader Joe's Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter recall, you may have been tempted to avoid all peanut-related products when you went to TJ's. Fair enough, but it turns out you might want to avoid all peanut products.
And some Tahini. And some almond butter. And some cashew butter. And Kroger spinach, though that is a completely unrelated recall. In fact, the only safe thing to eat is probably a McDouble from the Notorious Mickey D's. Oh wait. Never mind.
The full list of seventy-six products (PDF) under recall is available on Sunland's website. They are the manufacturer behind TJ's salmonella-infected peanut butter. They also manufacture products for a number of other brands, including Archer Farms, Earth Balance, fresh & easy, heinen's, Natural Value, Joseph's, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts, Sunland, Crunchy Sugar, Creamy Sugar, Dogsbutter, Trader Joe's, Harry & David, and Serious Food Silly Prices. The products were manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012.
According to the CDC, so far, 30 infections have been reported in 19 states, including New York and New Jersey. Common symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps from 12 to 72 hours after infection. Most people recover without treatment, though severe cases can end in hospitalization and even death.
Based on the date range of affected products, which covers everything from May until now, we'd recommend eating a carrot and either returning the product to the store for a refund or tossing it out. We'd also recommend that Sunland beefs up its legal team, as the extensive roster of affected products and lengthy time frame indicates a strong possibility of a widespread class-action lawsuit for those affected by the polluted peanut products.
For those injured by salmonella infected products, a strong possibility exists for a defective product lawsuit. The manufacturer of a dangerous defective product is strictly liable for any damages resulting from their product, including Imodium A.D., Pepto Bismol, hospital bills, and in the most severe cases, wrongful death damages and lost wages.
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