Several companies have decided to recall nut butter products this week after officials announced a possible salmonella outbreak at the New Mexico-based Sunland, Inc., according to CBSNews.
The company expanded its recall to cashew butters, tahini and other peanut products.
Last week, Maryland health officials confirmed one person had become sick with salmonella after eating peanut butter from Trader Joe's.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene warned citizens not to eat Trader Joe’s brand Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt. The department said other peanut butter products could also be contaminated.
Whole Foods announced a recall Sept. 25 of its almond butter and peanut butter products—including brands like Earth Balance, Naturally More and Late July. A full list of recalled products can be found on the company's website.
Target also announced the recall of three of its peanut-based products on shelves—Justin's Peanut Butter w/Honey Packets, Chattanooga Bakery MoonPie and Archer Farms Almond/Cashew/Peanut Butter items (Sunland, Inc).
The threat of salmonella contamination has led Newman's Own Organics to recall one of its peanut-based products, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The company announced Tuesday a recall of Peanut Butter Newman-O's Sandwich Creme Cookies, with the expiration date "27MAY13" and "3MAY14."
Expiration dates are written on the side panels of the packages.
The cookies are in stores nationwide, according to a statement released by the FDA.
Anyone who bought the cookies can return them to the store they were purchased from for a full refund, according to the statement. Customers with questions can call the company at 1-800-865-2866.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people infected with the bacteria can experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after becoming infected.
Most people can recover in four to seven days without treatment, but salmonella can be deadly for some populations, including the elderly, the very young and the immunocompromised.