HEB is among grocers voluntarily recalling peanuts after Sunland Inc. of New Mexico expanded its recall of peanut products because of potential salmonella contamination.
Sunland announced that it is expanding its recall to include both in-shell and shelled raw and roasted peanuts processed in its Portales, N.M., plant because the products could potentially be contaminated with salmonella.
The raw and roasted peanuts were distributed primarily under Sunland's own label and were distributed primarily to produce houses and nationally to several large supermarket, grocery and retail chains in addition to online sales, according to the company.
HEB voluntarily recalled Hines Nut Co. peanuts, specifically raw in-shell peanuts and roasted peanuts, both salted and unsalted. No illnesses have been reported, according to HEB spokeswoman Kim Harle.
Walmart also markets Hines Nut Co. products.
Also related to the raw and roasted peanut recall, Lin-Mar Partners of Austin issued a voluntary recall of two varieties of Longhorn bars sold in Texas at stores including HEB, Academy, Tom Thumb, Randall's and the University of Texas Coop.
The recalled bars are Roasted Peanut with Chocolate Energy Bars and Peanut Butter Trail Mix Protein Bars. No illnesses have been reported.
The roasted peanuts being recalled by Sunland were distributed April 12, 2012 to October 12, 2012 and will have best by/expiration dates on the packaging from October 12, 2012 through April 12, 2013. The raw peanuts being recalled (shelled and in-shell), were distributed from October 12, 2011 to October 12, 2012, and will have either best by dates from October 12, 2012 through October 12, 2013 on the packaging, or a "crop year" marking on the package of 2011 or 2012, up to and including October 12, 2012.
Hundreds of products, including peanut butters sold at major retailers are included in the company's recalls. A full list can be found at this website.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and people with weakened immune systems. Thirty-five people in 19 states have been sickened in connection with the salmonella linked to Sunland, Inc.
The recall tied to the salmonella outbreak first gained attention in late September after Trader Joe's recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter after 29 people became infected with salmonella in 18 states following FDA testing.
The FDA urges consumers to discard the products or return them to the store.