6:14 PM CDT, October 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) -- Starbucks is recalling one of its food boxes because of a possible Salmonella contamination.
Starbucks announced the recall out of "utmost concern and caution" for its customers after a wider recall of the honey peanut butter variety of Justin's Nut Butter squeeze packs found in its Protein Bistro Box.
Affected boxes have Enjoy By dates of Aug. 10 to Oct. 06 and have peanut butter squeeze packs with Best Buy dates between July 14 and Aug. 30.
Flying Food Group, which makes Justin's nut butters, issued the recall as part of the growing concern with peanuts from Sunland, Inc., whose peanut products have spurred over 100 recalls across the nation.
States affected by the Starbucks recall include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, but as many as 35 people have been sickened by Sunland products.
On September 24, Sunland, Inc. recalled all products manufactured at their Portales, New Mexico, processing plant with a "best if used by" date between May 1, 2012, and September 24, 2012. Now all products made at this peanut butter and nut manufacturing facility going back as far as March 2010 and September 24, when the plant was shut, are being recalled.
Health officials in Washington state have traced the same strain of salmonella that sickened 35 people nationwide to an open jar of Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter collected from the home of one of the people infected. This firmly establishes a link between a specific Sunland product and this salmonella outbreak, something the company spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said hadn't been established by last week.
FDA inspectors have also found salmonella on surfaces at the Sunland processing plant, although further testing is required to confirm if it's the same strain of Salmonella, called Bredeney, that has infected nearly three dozen people in 19 states and has led to eight hospitalizations so far.
Coburn tells CNN that Sunland is complying with all FDA recommendations and that the plant is "under a complete clean-up procedure."
"We hope to be up and running as soon as we get the all-clear," she added.
Salmonella can be dangerous, with around 400 people dying from salmonella infections each year, the FDA notes.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, and they develop within eight to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food.