Smucker’s Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, served to millions of students through the National School Lunch Program, are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination, Food Poisoning Bulletin has learned. Certain varieties of the crustless, individually wrapped sandwiches sold in bulk boxes to school districts nationwide contain peanut butter made by Sunland Inc., a Portales, NM peanut butter maker whose recall, issued in late September, has grown to include more than 240 products.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which operates the National School Lunch Program, issued a “food safety hold” on the sandwiches last week after the J.M. Smucker Co. initiated a voluntary recall of the sandwiches. The recall has yet to be posted on the company’s website or on the websites of the USDA, the National School Lunch Program or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which has posted dozens of derivative Sunland recalls.
The Sunland recall includes peanut and other nut butters, whole raw peanuts and whole roasted peanut which are included as ingredients in products sold by dozens of other companies. Sunland also makes peanut butter for a variety of retailers including Trader Joe’s, whose Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt has been linked to a 19-state Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 35 people, most of whom are children under 10. Sunland recently halted production and distribution of all products.
The Smucker’s product under recall are “specific lots of institutional 72-count bulk packs of Uncrustables Sandwiches produced for, and distributed exclusively through, foodservice sales channels,” according to a memo obtained by Food Poisoning Bulletin. The recalled sandwiches were produced both commercially and throigh the USDA Foods Program.
The following product codes are included: 5150006611, 5150006612, 5150006620, 5150006621, 5150006650, 5150006651, 5150006655, 5150006656, 5150006659, and 5150006660. The “best if used by” dates are from April 1, 2012 to November 14, 2012.