The peanut butter recall that began with a Trader Joe’s spread has now spread to hundreds of items, including all peanut butters and raw nuts originating at a New Mexico plant as well as many products that contain possibly contaminated peanut butter as an ingredient.
In the wake of the widening peanut butter recall, the Food Drug Administration is reaching out to consumers who may not have yet gotten the word to check their pantry for potentially affected items that may be included in the massive number of products affected.
The peanut butter recall first became news back in September, when Trader Joe’s recalled one of specialty varieties of peanut butter carried in their stores across the US. As the peanut butter recall is investigated and operations at the Sunland plant have been suspended, the company issued a statement concerning the scope of the recall and whole nut products included in the list of affected items.
“The raw and roasted peanuts available to retail customers were distributed primarily under the Company’s own label … primarily to produce houses and nationally to numerous large retail chains…The products also were available for purchase on the internet. The roasted and roasted/salted peanuts being recalled were distributed during the six month period prior to the recall date (April 12, 2012 – October 12, 2012), and will have best by/expiration dates on the packaging from October 12, 2012 through April 12, 2013.”
The company continued:
“The raw peanuts being recalled (shelled and in-shell), were distributed during the twelve months prior to the recall date (October 12, 2011 – October 12, 2012), and will have either best by dates from October 12, 2012 through October 12, 2013 on the packaging, or a “Crop Year” marking on the package of 2011 or 2012, up to and including October 12, 2012.”
For a full list of affected items included in the peanut butter recall, check the full listing over on the FDA’s website.