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DHMH Press Releases : Peanut Butter and Almond Butter Products



BALTIMORE (September 24, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is advising consumers that additional products may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak announced last week.

Consumers should not purchase or consume Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter. In addition, the manufacturer of this peanut butter, Sunland Inc., has voluntarily recalled two other Trade Joe’s products, Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy and Salted and Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, Crunchy & Salted. The manufacturer has also recalled a number of other products sold at stores other than Trader Joe’s. It is not known whether these products are sold in Maryland. To view the full list of products, visit .

DHMH continues to advise that other Trader Joe’s brand peanut butter products may be associated with this national outbreak, which now includes 29 confirmed cases from 18 states. Out of an abundance of caution, consumers should consider setting aside and not consuming any Trader Joe’s brand peanut or almond butter product while the investigation continues.

As announced last week, DHMH continues to work with several state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infection. Maryland has one associated case, a child (under 18 years old), who was not hospitalized and has recovered. Some affected individuals in other states have been hospitalized.

Consumers should be aware that these products may also be available in stores and online via various shopping websites. DHMH will update the public on the progress of this investigation as information becomes available.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection included diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 2 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalization. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Older adults, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection. Anyone with these symptoms who has consumed Trader Joe’s brand Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt should consult their health care provider.

More information about salmonellosis can be found at the DHMH website


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