October 12, 2012
Recalled Peanut Butter to be Destroyed
No Reported Cases of California Students Affected
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today announced that any Sunland, Inc. peanut butter received by school districts from CDE Distribution Centers, commercial manufacturers, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program agencies will be destroyed after the federal government issued a recall order. There are no cases reported of California students being affected by the product.
The peanut butter was purchased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the National School Lunch and Commodity Supplemental Food Programs. About 2,072 cases of Sunland, Inc. peanut butter affected by the recall were sent to 320 school districts throughout the state. Another 23,040 cases were shipped to six California food banks.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration put the product on hold October 5 while it investigated the product for potential Salmonella contamination. The peanut butter has been held at school sites, food banks, manufacturers, and distribution centers awaiting instructions from federal officials.
Agencies were advised today to take an inventory of all recalled Sunland, Inc. peanut butter and destroy it. Individual school districts that sent the recalled peanut butter to food processors for later use should notify the processor to destroy their product. Individual school districts that purchased the peanut butter products commercially are responsible for its destruction.
For more information on the recall, please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [https://www.fda.gov/] Web site. Additional information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/bredeney-09-12/index.html] Web site.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100