Not to consume peanut butter with possible Salmonella contamination

Issue Date 8.11.2012
Source of Information

US authorities

Food Product

Peanut butter

Product Name and Description

(1) Product name: Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter Creamy
Best before date: May 23, 2013
Bar code: 4868732810
Net weight: 12oz (340g)
(see product photo on the left)

(2) Product name: Sunland Organic Valencia Peanut Butter Crunchy
Best before date: July 20, 2013
Bar code: 4868731810
Net weight: 12oz (340g)
(see product photo on the right)

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has received notification from the US authorities that the affected products are suspected to contain Salmonella. The CFS learnt from the trade that the affected products had been imported to Hong Kong.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS after investigations learnt that the importer had recalled the affected products and retail outlets concerned had stopped sale of the affected products. The importer has also agreed to surrender all remaining stocks for disposal.

The CFS is conducting checks at other local outlets and so far no affected products have been found available for sale.

The CFS will continue liaising with the US authorities and follow up on the incident.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the affected product.

Advice to Consumers

Not to consume the affected product.

Consumers should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after consuming the affected product.

Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on people with lowered immunity such as infants and young children could be more severe and sometimes may even lead to death.

Further Information

The CFS Press Release

Consumers may contact the importer at 3188 2463 for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department