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Peanut Butter Recall Expands to 76 Products, Not Just Trader Joe's

Is no food safe? First there was Kroger spinach. Then Trader Joe's Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter was potentially unsafe. Now add Tahini to the list. And almond butter. And cashew butter. (Really though, as long as you avoid fruits, leafy vegetables, anything peanut or butter related, or sushi, you should be fine.)

The expanded list of 76 products recalled for possible Salmonella contamination is available on Sunland's website. Sunland manufactured TJ's recalled peanut butter. The company also manufactures products for a number of other brands, including Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen's, Natural Value, Joseph's, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts, Sunland, Crunchy Sugar, Creamy Sugar, Dogsbutter, Harry & David, and Serious Food Silly Prices. The recalled food products were manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24.

There have been 30 infections reported in 19 states, though none yet in Illinois. Caution is warranted, however, as many of these products are carried by national chains. Common symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, which can occur 12 to 72 hours after infection. Though most people recover without treatment, severe cases can end up in hospitalization and even death.

Affected products should either be returned to the store for a refund or thrown away. As the recall expands, Sunland will likely want to beef up its legal team, as the extensive list of affected products suggests a massive class-action lawsuit may be in the works for those affected by the polluted peanut products.

Salmonella-infected food can lead to a defective product lawsuit if customers can prove their injuries were caused by the contamination. The manufacturer of a dangerous delicacy can be held strictly liable for any damages resulting from its products, including out-of-pocket medical expenses such as hospital bills and, in the most severe cases, wrongful death damages and lost wages.

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