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China Bans Sunland Peanuts from Import

For a company that has poisoned its customers, recalled years of product and been closed for months, China’s decision likely does not come as a surprise.

According to China Daily, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine will suspend import of nuts produced by Sunland Inc.

The Quarantine branches will step up checks on nuts or nut products from the United States, as well as postal goods and luggage carried by passengers.

Parts of nuts and nut products from Sunland Inc. have been linked with a Salmonella Bredeney outbreak. Forty-one people have fallen ill in 20 US states with ten of them being hospitalized, according to the CDC.

Sunland Inc. has recalled products in 200-plus production batches, including those sold through the Internet. The shelf life of the products vary with the longest being October 2013, according to the administration.

The FDA found that between June of 2009 and August of 2012, Sunland Inc. had distributed, or cleared for distribution, portions of 11 lots, or daily production runs, of peanut or almond butter after its own testing program identified the presence of at least one of nine different Salmonella types (Arapahoe, Bredeney, Cerro, Dallgow, Kubacha, Mbandaka, Meleagridis, Newport, and Teddington) in those lots. Two of these lots showed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney.