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Peanut Recall - 2/16/09

By Paige Brady, February 16, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

Jump directly to the FDA Product Recall List to search for peanut product recalls, or call CDC-INFO at 1-800-232-4636 for more information.

*Updated 2/16/09*

Several additions to recall

Erin Baker’s Original Breakfast Cookie – Peanut Butter (3oz) Erin Baker’s Home-style Granola – Peanut Butter (Several Sizes) Erin Baker’s Original Breakfast Cookie – Rocky Road (3oz) Betty Lou's Nut Butter Protein Balls Sunridge Farms: Numerous items (not in all stores and many already pulled):

  • Peanut Butter Stock-Dry Roast-No Salt Peanuts-Dry Roasted, No Salt Peanuts-Blanched, Oil Rstd, Salted Peanuts-Blanched, Oil Rstd, No Salt Peanuts-Spanish, Whole, Raw Peanuts-Blanched, Raw, Virginia Peanuts-Redskins, Oil Rstd, Salted Peanuts-Redskin Oil Rstd No Salt 38/42 Peanuts-Redskins, Raw, No Salt Peanut Butter Stock-Roasted, Organic Peanut Butter Stock-Chocolate Chip Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Carob Celebration Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Chocolate Nut Crunch Sunridge Snack Mix-Heavenly Cran Crunch Sunridge Snack Mix-Cocono Deluxe Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Rainbow Carousel Part Sunridge Snack Mix-Super Deluxe Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Outragin' Cajun Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Fruit & Nut Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Hit The Trail Mix Mixed Nuts-Deluxe, W/Peanut Sunridge Sunridge Snack Mix-Munchalot/Mxd Munchie Sunridge Snack Mix-Tropical Sunshine,Org Sunridge Snack Mix-Chocolate Paradise,Org Sunridge Snack Mix-Oriental Party Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Zen Party Mix Mixed Nuts-Tamari Nut Mix Sunridge Sunridge Snack Mix-High Sierra Sun Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Tropical Trail Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Fancy Trail Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Hey!Santa Fe Party Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Bellwether Super Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Zesta Fiesta Party Mix Sunridge Snacks-Deluxe Trail Mix Sunridge Snacks-Mountain Trail Mix Peanuts-Dry Roasted,Chili Lemon Sunridge Peanuts-Dry Roasted,Garlic Sunridge Mixed Nuts-Honey W/Macadamias Sunridge Sunridge Candy Mix-Cherry Pcan Van Dream Sunridge Candy-Choc Pnut Cluster, Malt Sunridge Candy-Carob Peanut Clusters Sunridge Candy-Carob Peanut Cluster,Cane Sunridge Candy-Choc Pnut Carml,Milk Cane Sunridge Candy-Choc Peanuts, Milk (Cane) Sunridge Candy-Energy Nuggets Sunridge Candy-Choc Peanuts, Milk (Malt) Peanuts-Dry Roasted,Jalapeno Sunridge Peanut Butter Stock-Choc Chip Mix, Org Sunridge Snack Mix-Treasure Trove Mix Sunridge Candy-Yogurt Peanut Clusters Sunridge Candy-Yogurt Peanuts Sunridge Candy-Choc Pnut Clstr,Milk,Cane Sunridge Candy-Toffee, Butter Peanut,Org Sunridge Snack Mix-Energy Power Mix Sunridge Candy Mix-Bridge, Golden Sunridge Candy Mix-Pebble Dreams Sunridge Candy Mix-Mocha Marble Crunch Sunridge Snack Mix-Triple Choc Pecan Mix Sunridge Candy Mix-Mocha Mrbl Crunch, Fs Sunridge Snack Mix-Chocolate Nut Crunch Sunridge Snack Mix-Hit The Trail Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-Zen Party Mix Sunridge Snack Mix-High Sierra Sun Mix Sunridge Candy-Cherry Pecan Vanla Dream Sunridge Candy Mix-Bridge,Choc Milk&Dark Srf Candy Mix-Over The Edge Cndy Crnch,Org

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*Posted 2/14/09*

The Texas Department of State Health Services ordered Peanut Corporation of America to recall all products ever shipped from its Plainview plant as a result of poor cleaning and pest control practices. (The plant began operations in March of 1995.) No specific list of products produced at this plant has been released. While information about this plant is reconciled between the FDA and the Texas state agency in the coming days, we are taking the immediate proactive step of removing from our stores ALL whole peanuts and peanut products from ANY PCA facility. This greatly expands the scope of the recall beyond the original PCA plant in Georgia, and every manufacturer of peanut-containing foods, including us, will need to re-examine their products. We are acting as quickly as possible to determine what products are affected and will update this blog post with recall information as it becomes available for our products and for those of our vendors. Please note: While new research is being conducted, we will not be able to answer questions about specific peanut related products. Additionally, our answers to previous comments and questions about the recall are not necessarily accurate any longer given the expansion. Here are the added recalls as of this morning (2/14): Bulk We have issued a recall for the following bulk peanut products sold before Feb. 1 in our stores in Southern California, Las Vegas, Arizona and Hawaii. -Self-serve Grinder Peanut Butter - PLU 7121 -Self-serve Grinder Honey Roasted Peanut Butter - PLU 8579 -Self-serve Grinder Chocolate Peanut Butter - PLU 8946 -Bulk Fresh Peanut Butter - PLU 7121 -Bulk Fresh Honey Roasted Peanut Butter - PLU 8579 -Bulk Fresh Chocolate Peanut Butter - PLU 8946 There have been no reported illnesses or adverse effects from these products. Any customers who have these items are encouraged to return them for a full refund. Vendor Bulk Items Heavenly Candy Peanut Bliss (Bulk) PLU: 9157 Vendor Products Honey Peanut Balance Bars - (No other varieties of Balance Bars including Yogurt Honey Peanut Balance Bars are impacted by this recall.) Cougar Mountain Baking multiple cookie and cookie dough items (Pacific Northwest Region stores) Odwalla: Odwalla Peanut Crunch Bars (Best by dates Prior to OCT 10 09) Chocolate Chip Peanut Odwalla Bars (Best by dates Prior to OCT 10 09) Sweet & Salty Peanut Odwalla Bars (ALL LOTS) Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Odwalla Bars (ALL LOTS) LÄRABAR Peanut Butter Cookie flavor snack bar [Lot: "Best if used by" date codes of 30Jan2010FL, 31Jan2010FL, 02Feb2010FL, 03Feb2010FL & 04Feb2010FL] Cascadian Farm: Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars [ALL LOTS] Sweet and Salty Mixed Nuts Chewy Granola Bars [ALL LOTS] Sweet and Salty Peanut Pretzel Chewy Granola Bars [ALL LOTS]. Golden Temple WHA GURU CHEW Peanut Cashew bars [Lots: 040909 & 041509] Garden of Life fücoPROTEIN Peanut Butter Crunch bars (formerly called Perfect Weight America Peanut Butter Crunch bars) Dr. Melina's Chocolate Peanut flavor Protein Bars Theo Chocolate Peanut Butter Big Daddy Bar and 12 piece collection box Previously Recalled Items:  (as of 2/15/09) 1.    Various bulk bin items. The bulk departments in our stores are supplied by many different vendors.  Some peanut-containing products may be recalled from some stores but not from others due to the different vendors. Individual stores have specific information available about the bulk peanut products in their specific store. Interacting with your local store is the safest way to ensure you get the most accurate information about any products you have purchased. Recalled bulk products may include:

  • Salted redskin peanuts   not all stores but from some vendors
  • Blanched raw peanuts (bulk and pre-pack)  not all stores but from some vendors
  • Dry-roasted salted peanuts (bulk and pre-pack)  not all stores but from some vendors
  • Honey roasted peanuts  not all stores but from some vendors
  • Pre-packed oil roasted salted redskin/skinless Spanish Peanuts  not all stores but from some vendors
  • Raw Spanish Peanuts not all stores but from some vendors
  • Bulk peanut butter stock not all stores but from some vendors

2.    LÄRABAR Peanut Butter Cookie; 3.    JamFrakas Peanut Butter BlissCrisp snack bars; 4.    ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter bars; 5.    ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars; 6.    Multiple Clif bar products:

  • Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter bars;
  • Clif Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch bars;
  • Clif Pecan Toffee Buzz bars;
  • Clif Mini's Variety Pack;
  • Clif 24-count Variety Pack;
  • Clif Builder's Peanut Butter bars;
  • Cliff Builder's 18-count Variety Pack;
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Peanut butter bars;
  • Clif Kid ZBaR Variety Pack

7.    Multiple Luna products:

  • Luna Nutz Over Chocolate bars;
  • Luna Peanut Butter Cookie bars;
  • Luna Mini's Variety Pack

8.    Multiple MOJO products:

  • MOJO Honey Roasted Peanut bars;
  • MOJO Mixed Nuts bars;
  • MOJO Mountain Mix bars;
  • MOJO Peanut Butter Pretzel bars;
  • MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut bars;
  • MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter & Jelly bars;
  • MOJO Dipped Fruit & Nut bars;

9.    Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch Chewy Granola Bars 10.    Nature's Path Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor bars 11.    ThinkThin Dark Chocolate 12.     ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide 13.    Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars 14.    Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars 15.    Chunks of Energy Carob/Hawaiian Spirulina 16.    Chunks of Energy HIGH COUNTRY GORP 17.    Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets (States: California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) 18.    Uncle Eddies Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies 19.    Uncle Eddies Individual Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies (Region: SP) 20.    Uncle Eddies Individual Organic Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies (Regions: NA, NE, MA, SO, FL, MW, SW: LA, KY only) 21.    SunRidge Chocolate Energy Bar (BULK) (Regions: SP, NC, FL, MA, MW, NA, NE, SO & SW: LA Only) 22.    SunRidge Energy Nuggets (NOT BULK) (Regions: SP, NC) 23.    Tofu Energee Nuggets (Region: SP) 24.    Marin Carob Energee Nuggets 25.    Aurora Caribbean Crunch Grail mix (NE and possibly NA) 26.    Arico Peanut Butter Cookies 27.    Arico Peanut Butter Cookie Bars 28.    Multiple Simbree products: (Region: PN)

  • Simbree Oat Almond Pistash
  • Simbree Almond Pistachio Energy Bites
  • Simbree Oat Bites with Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios

29.    Thai Curry with Peanuts Seasoning Mix by Barron Specialty Foods (bulk and individual jars) 30.    Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai 31.    Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Shrimp 32.    Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai with Tofu 33.    Gluten Free Café Asian Noodles 34.    Bear Naked Appalachian Trail Mix 35.    Detour brand products (Regions: SW and RM)

  • Runner Chocolate Peanut Butter bars
  • Biker Chocolate Peanut Butter bars
  • Core Strength Caramel Peanut bars

36.    Kashi TLC products:

  • Chewy Granola Bars Trail Mix
  • Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax
  • Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Peanut Butter
  • Chewy Granola Bar Shippers
  • Chewy Granola Bars Club Pack
  • GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax Cereal *not in recall: only the Kashi TLC Chewy Honey Almond Flax Granola Bar sample that was shrink-wrapped to the cereal box is being recalled.
  • Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies
  • Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookie Club Pack
  • Happy Trail Mix Chewy Cookies
  • Oatmeal Raisin Flax Chewy Cookies
  • Chewy Cookies display shipper

37.    Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars 38.    Genisoy Soy Protein Bars:

  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie, 2.2oz
  • Fudge Cookies & Cream, 2.2oz
  • Café Mocha Fudge, 2.2oz
  • Crispy Chocolate Mint, 2.2oz
  • Chunky Peanut Butter Fudge 2.2oz
  • Creamy Peanut Yogurt, 2.2oz

39.    Thai Coconut Panko Crust by Barron Specialty Foods 40.    Glutino Organic Chocolate & Peanuts Bars 41.    Chunks of Energy Mixed Berry Blast 42.    Chunks of Energy CRANBERRY APRICOT,OG 43.    Earth Island Follow Your Heart Deli Thai Peanut Tofu Wrap 10oz (SoPac Only) 44.    Pure Butter CRICKLE, Peanut, Green Gift Box 8z (MA & SO) 45.    Organic Fiber Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate [Best By Dates of: May 2009 & Aug 2009] 46.    Kariba Farms Thai Peanut NutCrusters Coating Mix 47.    KA-ME Green Tea Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix (FL) 48.    Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies (NA & NE) 49.    Boston Cookies Peanut Butter Cookies - Snack Pack (NA & NE) 50.    Boston Cookies Peanut Fudge Brownies (NA & NE) 51.    Fabes Mini Peanut Butter Cookies (some regions) 52.    Erin Baker's Home-style Granola - Peanut Butter (MA & PNW) 53.    SunSpire Organic Dark Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Clusters (some regions) 54.    Garden of Life fücoPROTEIN Peanut Butter Crunch bars 55.    Golden Temple WHA GURU CHEW Peanut Cashew bars - (MW, PNW & SoPac) 56.    Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars] 57.    Cascadian Farm Sweet and Salty Mixed Nuts Chewy Granola Bars 58.    Cascadian Farm Sweet and Salty Peanut Pretzel Chewy Granola Bars 59.    Odwalla Peanut Crunch Bars 60.    Chocolate Chip Peanut Odwalla Bars 61.    Sweet & Salty Peanut Odwalla Bars 62.    Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Odwalla Bars 63.    Cougar Mountain Baking  Cookie items - (PNW Only) 64.    Honey Peanut Balance Bars 65.    Heavenly Candy Peanut Bliss - (MW, NorCal, PNW, RM & SW) 66.    Theo Brand Peanut Butter Big Daddy bar 67.     Sunridge Farms Raw Fancy Spanish Peanuts, 10 oz We will update this as more information becomes available. Remember that this list includes only products that we sell in our stores. We will not list information on products that we do not sell. That information is available on the FDA searchable database and we encourage you to go to their site. Please note: Many manufacturers receive their supply of ingredients from multiple vendors. Therefore, not all products listed here are recalled in total, but rather specific lot or batch numbers made on certain dates. For our Canadian customers, please note that the CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and remove all affected products imported into Canada from the U.S. The CFIA is also working with Canadian manufacturers to recall foods containing affected U.S. peanuts. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products. The following foods, manufactured in Canada, are affected: see: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/20090203be.shtml The following foods, manufactured in the United States of America, are affected: see: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/20090203be.shtml For the complete list of recalled products, including those listed above; please visit our web site at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2009/2009typhe.shtml

Category: Food Safety

 

10 Comments

Comments

Jezzys_mom says ...
It's a good thing we pay the SAME people who FINALLY closed the factory to monitor it! D'oh!
02/14/2009 12:54:38 PM CST
Vivianne says ...
I am extremely disappointed to learn that Whole Foods was buying it peanuts from this disreputable discount vendor and them selling them at a premium price. In my mind, this calls the supply chain of your entire market into question. What will you do to ensure that *all* of your foods come from vendors who follow safe food manufacturing practices? Please post a response to this question ASAP on your blog and on your website. I am sure many people want to know.
02/17/2009 1:01:50 PM CST
Deborah Cabrera says ...
I am a concerned that other nut products will be recalled, were they also processed through this plant? I have your walnuts and maple glazed walnuts, I know one of the manufacters recalled all nut produts because of possible cross contamination.I payed top dollar for these products and spend lots of money in your store,I understand you thought this was a reputable company but when I see who else they sold to, ex. Walmart and other bargain stores I am I bit sceptical.
02/21/2009 8:57:17 AM CST
JJ says ...
Your list in this blog entry does not include 25 Wholefoods raw, blanched, roasted, and honey roasted peanut products listed on the FDA peanut recall website. I hope there is not a disagreement between the FDA and Wholefoods. I didn't know Wholefoods gets all their peanuts from this irreputable vendor. This is the same vendor who sells peanuts to a variety of bargain grocers across the country, and they charge a fraction of what Wholefoods charges. To think I've been buying my peanuts all this time from Wholefoods not realizing it's the same as those in bargain grocers. I feel ripped off. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/brand_list.cfm?brand=Whole%20Foods%20Market&cat=Peanut
02/14/2009 9:55:35 PM CST
Joan Wilder says ...
One of the reasons I shop at Whole Foods is because I thought that the vendors are carefully vetted. The logic is that it worth it to pay more at Whole Foods than at the other grocery stores as a kind of "insurance." I am extremely dissappointed to hear that WF has been buying from a company that had many recorded complaints about cleanliness. I am going to rethink the $500 a month I spend at Whole Foods if you are buying from dirty vendors. Also, your advice to contact the local store is silly. The Los Altos store had no idea what products were recalled. They said if I had anything to just return it.
02/16/2009 5:55:43 PM CST
Dave says ...
All of the concern and discussion in the media has been very specific to peanuts, but it seems like other nuts might also be processed under the same terrible conditions, and the processors just haven't been caught yet. Could you please outline what Whole Foods is doing to address supply chain safety of other nuts besides peanuts? How about safety of nuts from peanut providers other than the ones that have been shut down so far? Thanks, Dave
02/16/2009 2:06:20 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@JJ: Appreciate the feedback. The original post simply stated "various bulk items" and I totally understand that was not descriptive enough. I've updated the post with: 1. Various bulk bin items. The bulk departments in our stores are supplied by many different vendors. Some peanut-containing products may be recalled from some stores but not from others due to the different vendors. Individual stores have specific information available about the bulk peanut products in their specific store. Interacting with your local store is the safest way to ensure you get the most accurate information about any products you have purchased. Recalled bulk products may include: * Salted redskin peanuts <em>not all stores but from some vendors</em> * Blanched raw peanuts (bulk and pre-pack) <em>not all stores but from some vendors</em> * Dry-roasted salted peanuts (bulk and pre-pack) <em>not all stores but from some vendors</em> * Honey roasted peanuts <em>not all stores but from some vendors</em> * Pre-packed oil roasted salted redskin/skinless Spanish Peanuts <em>not all stores but from some vendors</em> * Raw Spanish Peanuts <em>not all stores but from some vendors</em> * Bulk peanut butter stock <em>not all stores but from some vendors</em>
02/16/2009 8:53:21 AM CST
Cakespy says ...
Oh my goodness--this really is even larger than I had originally thought. This is scary, but it's good to see that it is being dealt with.
02/16/2009 1:38:04 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@ Deborah Cabrera: Everything from the FDA indicates that PCA processed only peanuts. We are trying to find out definitely and will let you know if we get answers back from the government (who are the only ones who have access to PCA’s records). And while we in no way defend PCA or their actions, they were not considered a “bargain house” in the supply chain. There are varying grades of nuts and we provide top grade nuts in our stores. While other stores may have also carried PCA nuts, if they cost substantially less than ours, they most likely were a different grade of nut.
02/23/2009 2:01:13 PM CST
paig292 says ...
To those of you who have been waiting for answers to your questions, thank you for your understanding and patience. While we certainly don’t have answers to everything at this point, here is what our leadership says at this time: At Whole Foods Market, we share our customers’ concern and dismay over the food safety compliance issues that the FDA and other agencies have discovered at PCA’s peanut processing facilities. With more than 2,100 products recalled nationwide, we are thankful that the impact on products sold in our stores has been more limited in scope. As you may know, to date none of our 365 Private Label products have been affected by this recall. We expect our suppliers to conduct business in a certain manner and we are determined to work with our product manufacturers to address problems that this PCA recall brings to light. While we go about making changes, it is important to note that PCA is facing federal criminal charges for their actions, which include not sharing negative lab results with the manufacturers who bought their products. Their actions affected many vendors, large and small, as well as consumers who became ill. The solution for this must come from a large government and industry effort to ensure the safety of our food supply. In addition to recalled products from third-party suppliers that we sell in our stores, we are concerned about some of the bulk products we provided to our customers that came directly or indirectly from PCA facilities. (These products have been removed from our shelves or recalled.) We always expect our suppliers to conduct business in compliance with all laws and to follow all regulatory procedures. Now, however, we are revising our policies and procedures around bulk products, both prepacked and bin items. We are actively working with our suppliers to establish more stringent protocols for these products. Due to the empowerment of our stores for local and regional buying, our supply chain is very diverse. While we take great pride in the fact that our stores carry local products and go above and beyond to try to meet our customers’ needs, it is a bit unwieldy when one of the largest recalls in U.S. history comes knocking at the door. With a nationalized supply chain, we could have more visibility into what each store had in stock that was affected — because every single store would have the exact same products. But we think the trade-off in doing that wouldn’t allow us to be the company our customers and team members want us to be. So, we will continue to offer local buying but we will also work to put systems in place to help monitor our vendors more closely. We will also continue to work closely with the suppliers whose products we carry, as well as federal and local government agencies, to learn more about this crisis and work together to prevent recurrences. And while we in no way defend PCA or their actions, we do want to clarify a couple of issues. PCA was not considered a “bargain house” in the supply chain. There are varying grades of nuts and we provided top grade nuts in our stores. While other stores may have also carried PCA nuts, if they cost substantially less than ours, they most likely were a different grade of nut. Also, PCA was certified to the USDA’s National Organic Standards by Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), a third-party organic certifier approved by the USDA. The standard requires that the facility prevent commingling between organic and conventional products, that organic products are protected from contamination with synthetic substances, and that the suppliers to the facility are also certified. The standard also requires that all lines are fully cleaned between conventional and organic production. Many facilities process organic and conventional products, and it is the responsibility of the organic certifier to confirm they have processes in place to ensure the products are not commingled. We hope this helps answer some of your questions. Please know that we are continually working on this issue and developing ideas on how to better serve you, our customers.
02/19/2009 1:52:15 PM CST