“We have received above 90% every time,” Sunland spokesperson Katalin Coburn said of third-party auditor, Silliker Laboratories. USA Today.
Hmmm, where have I heard this before?
And, from AP:
The Food and Drug Administration found what it called “objectionable conditions” at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe’s peanut butter produced there.
FDA has found problems at Sunland before. Agency records show two inspections at the plant in 2009 and 2010 found “objectionable conditions” but classified the findings as not meeting the agency’s threshold for action. According to the records, any corrective action on the part of the company was voluntary. The FDA has not released details on what the objectionable conditions were or why the agency visited the plant twice in two years. An FDA spokesman said the agency is preparing to release that information.
Hmmm, makes you wonder what was wrong in 2009 and 2010 and if Sunland ever fixed it or if the FDA came back. Check complete list of recalled products at eFoodAlert.
Sunland does have a problem – according to FDA and CDC:
Samples taken at the plant that made peanut butter linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak were positive for the generic form of the bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. Further analysis to identify the exact type of salmonella and whether it matches the outbreak strain is pending. Meanwhile, the outbreak’s exact strain — Salmonella Bredeney — was found in an opened jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy peanut butter processed at the plant and collected from the home of a victim in Washington State, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We have filed lawsuits in both North Carolina and Massachusetts.