Posted October 15, 2012

Recall of Nutrition Bars Containing Peanut Butter Due To Salmonella Risk

On October 11 and 12, 2012, four brands of nutrition bars were voluntarily recalled due to possible salmonella contamination of the peanut butter used in each of these bars. The peanut butter was produced by Sunland Inc., and is part of a larger recall of Sunland’s peanut butter and peanut products.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella infection can produce fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Consumers who purchased any of the products listed below should not eat them, and should contact their doctor or health care provider with any question or concerns.

Recalled Nutrition Bars (click on the product name for more information about each recalled product):

Lin-Mar Partners Inc. Longhorn Bars: Roasted Peanut with Chocolate Energy Bars with a best by date of November 10, 2012 and Peanut Butter Trail Mix Protein Bars with a best by date of November 11, 2012. These bars were distributed in Texas through Randall’s, Tom Thumb, HEB, University of Texas Coop, and Academy retail stores.

Purefit Inc.: Purefit Peanut Butter Crunch Bars manufactured on March 1 and July 12, and sold between March 9 and August 31 through retail stores, grocery stores and online retailers.

Creative Energy Food, Inc.: Ridgebar Peanut Butter Crunch nutrition bars with best by dates of February 24, 2013 and April 28, 2013 sold exclusively online at www.ridgebar.com.

Creative Energy Food, Inc: Crunch® thinkThin nutrition bars sold at retail chain stores nationwide from March 2010 to October 12, 2012. Bar flavors being recalled include Mixed Nuts, White Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts, Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts, Caramel Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts, Cherry & Mixed Nuts, Blueberry & Mixed Nuts and Cranberry Apple & Mixed nuts.

See ConsumerLab.com’s Nutrition Bar Review for tests of related products.

For more information about the recall of Sunland Inc. peanut butter and peanut products, use the link below.