Is Your Peanut Butter Making You Sick?

Buy your peanut butter from Trader Joe’s? Time to check the label. The FDA has recently shut down Sunland Inc.’s New Mexico plant after 41 people in 20 states were sickened by peanut butter from there.

The company, which is the largest peanut butter processor in the country, had a massive peanut butter recall in late September and the FDA has announced it found samples of salmonella in 28 locations in the plant, in 13 nut butter samples and in one sample of raw peanuts. According to the AP, “inspectors also found improper product handling, unclean equipment and uncovered trailers of peanuts outside of the plant that were exposed to rain and birds.”

The folks at WebMD say salmonella is a type of food poisoning and its symptoms are diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. It develops about 12-72 hours after infection and the symptoms last for 4-7 days. Additionally, a small number of people who are infected develop Reiter’s syndrome, a disease that can last for months or years and can lead to chronic arthritis.

 

Photo via Flickr:  by mrsdkrebs

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