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November 29, 2012
The bins of peanuts outside were uncovered, food safety inspectors reported, allowing birds to do on them what birds do. Employees failed to wash their hands regularly or to practice other basic hygiene. Salmonella was found in dozens of locations throughout the plant, which had shipped jars of peanut butter even though its own tests showed they were tainted with the potentially deadly bacteria. After more than 40 people were sickened, the plant closed voluntarily in September and the company's products were recalled.
November 27, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Flexing its new enforcement muscle from a 2011 food safety law, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday shut down operations of the largest organic peanut butter processor in the country after discovering salmonella, the Associated Press said .  The FDA halted production at Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico plant after 41 people in 20 states were sickened by peanut butter from the plant, sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores. The food safety law gave the FDA authority to suspend a company's registration - preventing production and distribution - when food made there has a "reasonable probability" of causing serious health problems or death.
November 15, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Has French President Francois Hollande's regime of fiscal austerity -- cutting spending and raising taxes on rich people -- gone too far with France's "Nutella tax"? On Wednesday, France's Senate approved a so-called Nutella amendment in an effort to encourage eating more healthfully. The government plans to quadruple taxes on products containing palm oil, an ingredient in the creamy hazelnut-chocolate spread that the French slather on toast, smear on crepes or eat by the spoonful.
November 9, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Nestle USA issued a voluntary recall of its Nesquik chocolate powder after being tipped off by an ingredient supplier of possible salmonella contamination. The Glendale-based company said it was calling back canisters of the product, which is mixed with milk to create a sweet drink, that were made in October and sold nationwide. Consumers should look for containers bearing an expiration date of October 2014. Nestle USA decided to recall the powder after supplier Omya Inc. issued its own recall of calcium carbonate, a Nesquik ingredient, amid concerns that salmonella was present in some batches.
October 19, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Our national nightmare is over. Fears of an ongoing shortage of peanuts and hence peanut butter (which, if it isn't a food group, should be) have been alleviated by a record peanut crop. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 2012 peanut harvest should hit 6.1 billion pounds, topping the 2008 record of almost 5.2 billion pounds. The increase has cut peanut prices by more than half since the spring, prompting makers of peanut butter to say retail prices should come down in coming months.
October 5, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Check that peanut butter in your fridge. Again. Even if you haven't been shopping at Trader Joe's. On Thursday, Sunland Inc. expanded its nut butter recall to include all products made in its Portales, N.M., facility between March 1, 2010 and Sept. 24, 2012 - bringing the total number of products potentially implicated in a recent Salmonella outbreak to 240.  In addition to peanut and almond butters from Trader Joe's, some of which were first linked to salmonella illness in mid-September, the new recall includes nut butters sold at Target, Fresh & Easy, Costco and other stores.  In its own Salmonella update , the Food and Drug Administration also called attention to “related recalls” of peanut butter cookies, crackers and snacks - including peanut sesame noodles and other prepared items from Whole Foods Market.
September 25, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The peanut butter recall that started this past weekend with a salmonella-linked product sold at Trader Joe's has now been expanded to dozens of peanut, cashew and almond butters, according to producer Sunland Inc. The New Mexico-based company manufactured and packaged the Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that regulators have since connected to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states, including California. Sunland this week said its voluntary recall now also includes 76 varieties of almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini and roasted blanched peanut products.
September 24, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Use another bank's ATM and you could end up paying as much as $4 in fees. That latest outrage was featured on today's KTLA-TV Consumer Confidential segment, along with Discover agreeing to refund $200 million to its credit-card customers. In that latter case, federal authorities faulted the company for deceptive marketing. And our last item: A recall of peanut butter.  
August 12, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: No kidding - these are the most amazing! My family often visits Santa Cruz, and we always end up at the Buttery . Everything there is incredible, but I dream about these cookies. I would so appreciate the recipe. It's just too far to drive when we need a fix! --Marni Roosevelt, Valley Glen Dear Marni: The Buttery's take on peanut butter cookies, massive enough that you almost need two hands to hold them, is at once rich, sweet and perfectly crumbly.
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