The New Mexico Department of Health and the CDC have confirmed that a 5-year-old girl in Roosevelt County, New Mexico has contracted the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney linked to Sunland peanut products. The little girl ate many different products containing peanut butter.
Food Poisoning Bulletin broke the story of the Smuckers Uncrustables recall for possible Salmonella contamination and the story that those sandwiches were used in the national school lunch program. Some of those products were made with recalled Sunland peanuts. Derivative recalls have been announced almost every day since the outbreak began. You can see all of the recalled products, along with consumer advice, at the FDA web site.
Attorney Ryan Osterholm said, “it is inexcusable that anyone would get sick from eating a peanut butter sandwich. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney was found in environmental samples taken from the Sunland plant and in Sunland products. Anyone who has been sickened in this outbreak deserves to have their medical bills paid.”
Sunland has ceased production and distribution of all of its products from its nut butter and peanut processing facility and has recalled many products, including raw and roasted in-shell and shelled peanuts. So far, 36 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney in 20 states. Most of the patients are children under the age of 10.
Look carefully at the long list of recalled products. If you have purchased any, do not consume them. Discard them or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The CDC is continuing to investigate this outbreak. Other foods manufactured by Sunland, Inc. are also under investigation.