New Mexico Plant Shut After Peanut Butter Recall

September 27, 2012

A peanut processing plant in Portales, N.M. has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to peanut butter made at the facility.

The Sunland Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the plant’s equipment.

Trader Joes Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter with Sea Salt made at the plant is suspected in the salmonella outbreak. Twelve of the 29 people who are sick all ate that type of spread about a week before they got sick.

Sunland spokeswoman Katalin Corburn told KRQE-TV that no salmonella has been found in the plant and the peanut roasting process would kill any bacteria.

Sunland recalled 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter it makes for several retailers.

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