Peanut butter recalls spread to ice cream products

Ice cream and granola bars are the latest products to be linked to widespread manufacturer recalls of some peanut butters and other nut products that started last month.

In the past week, at least five manufacturers have recalled peanut butter flavored ice cream products.


In each case, the peanut butter used in the product was supplied either directly or indirectly by Sunland Inc., which has issued a national recall of some of its products because of possible Salmonella contamination.

Some of those brands announced on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website have included Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, made by Bliss Unlimited LLC; Smith's Peanut Butter Crunch, Acme Peanut Butter Twist and Ruggles Peanut Butter Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie ice creams, made by Smith Dairy Products Co.; and Clemmy's Ice Cream's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.

Others were Belfonte Ice Cream and Dairy Foods Co., which recalled its Home Run Sundae and Mama's Choice Reverse Peanut Butter Pie flavors, and BGC Manufacturing's Goldenbrook Farms Peanut Butter Bash Ice Cream.

Of those brands, only Luna & Larry's and Clemmy's were distributed nationwide. Others were sold in states other than Maryland.

The manufacturers said no reported illnesses have been linked to any of the recalls.

On Wednesday, Landover-based Giant Food, following a recall by General Mills, said it has removed Cascadian Farm Organic Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bars from its shelves.

Giant had said Monday that it removed Talenti chocolate peanut butter cup gelato from its shelves after the manufacturer recalled the product, again citing the possibility of salmonella contamination in the peanut butter supplied by Sunland.

Food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial foodbourne illness. The infection can be life-threatening, especially to infants, the elderly, those with HIV infection or patients undergoing chemotherapy. Symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. Other symptoms can include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.


The round of peanut butter-related recalls follow  recalls earlier this month of peanut butter at Trader Joe's grocery stores and other nut products at other grocers that operate in Maryland.

The Sun had reported a recall of some nut butters and nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Safeway, Harry and David, Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and Giant. Some of those chains used ingredients supplied by Sunland Inc., of New Mexico, in products they prepared and packaged themselves.

Sunland had recalled products under multiple brand names in September, The Sun reported, after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, a Sunland brand.