Sunland and Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak LawsuitsThe Marler Clark attorneys filed 2 lawsuits against Sunland and Trader Joe's. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of Massachusetts and North Carolina parents whose children became ill with Salmonella Bredeney infections after eating Salmonella-contaminated Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt. Both children required medical care, with one requiring hospitalization, after becoming infected with Salmonella.
Sunland initiated a recall for Salmonella-contaminated peanut and other nut butter products after the outbreak was traced to its New Mexico processing facility. Peanut butter, cashew butter and almond butter sold under various brand names, including Trader Joe's and Archer Farms were recalled during various expansions of the Salmonella-related recall.
On November 30, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its final update on the Salmonella outbreak, stating that 42 people from 20 states had become ill with Salmonella Bredeney infections after eating Sunland peanut or other nut butter products. Of those who became ill with Salmonella infections, 61% were under the age of 10. At least 10 Salmonella patients were hospitalized due to their illnesses.
All claims against Sunland and Trader Joe's have been resolved.