DENVER - Peanut butter sold here in Colorado now part of a nationwide recall linked to a salmonella scare.
The peanut butter sold at Target, CostCo, Sprouts and Sunflower Market was all manufactured by New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. Sunland manufactured the Trader Joes Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is informing Colorado says the company is recalling all almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini and roasted blanched peanut products manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24, 2012. Most products have "best by" dates between May 2013 and September 2013.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with with the organism often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
So far, illnesses have been reported in 18 states Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
For a list of the more than 70 products being recalled, visit http://www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf.
You can also call Sunland at 866-837-1018, 24 hours a day, for information on the recall.