Sunland and Trader Joe's Nut Butter Salmonella Outbreak


On September 21, 2012, several state public health agencies warned consumers not to eat Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter. At that time, some victims of a Salmonella serotype Bredeney outbreak had reported consuming Trader Joe's peanut butter before becoming ill with Salmonella. By November 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified 42 Salmonella Bredeney outbreak victims from 20 states.

Peanut butter, other nut products recalled for Salmonella contamination

Sunland, Inc., supplier of Trader Joe's peanut butter, has issued mutiple recalls for Salmonella-contaminated products since its initial September 24, 2012 announcement that it was recalling raw and roasted peanut products. The company has recalled multiple nut and nut-butter products, as well as roasted and roasted/salted peanuts and seeds for potential Salmonella contamination. The recall was expanded as late as October 12, 2012 to include additional products.

Lawsuits filed against Sunland and Trader Joe's

Marler Clark has filed 2 lawsuits against Sunland and Trader Joe's. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of North Carolina and Massachusetts children.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most victims of this Salmonella outbreak are less than 10 years of age. Case-patients were reported in the following states: Arizona (1), California (7), Connecticut (3), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (2), Nevada (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), New York (2), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), Texas (5), Virginia (2), and Washington (2).

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Symptoms of Salmonella infection, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps typically appear 6-72 hours after the ingestion of Salmonella bacteria--in this case, Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter. Most people recover within a week, but some Salmonella outbreak victims require medical treatment or hospitalization.

Contact the Marler Clark Salmonella Attorneys

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection after eating Trader Joe's peanut butter and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. You can fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032.

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