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Breaking: Portales Company Recalls Peanut Butter

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Portales, N.M. company is recalling 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter from stores nationwide after one of its products was linked to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe’s groceries.
Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe’s product.
A Sunland spokeswoman said the company recalled the other peanut and almond butters because they were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s product. None of the other products have been linked to illnesses.
Trader Joe’s recalled the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from its stores on Saturday.
A complete list of the brands in the voluntary recall can be found at http://www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf
Sunland Inc.’s current factory line can run 6,000 pounds of peanut butter an hour, and it does so 24 hours a day, five — or even seven — days a week.
The company has been in the process of upgrading a second line for another 3,000 pounds of hourly production.
The Valencia peanut is an essential part of Sunland’s success. Grown primarily in the sandy soil of Eastern New Mexico, the red-skinned Valencia often boasts three or four peanuts per pod as opposed to other varieties that contain only two. It has natural sweet flavor.
A group of 10 farmers founded Sunland back in 1988. It contracts with approximately 130 farmers for their peanuts.

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