Schools across the country have been asked if they have any Smucker's "Uncrustables" sandwiches with possible salmonella contamination linked to peanut butter.
The J.M. Smucker Co. used peanut butter that was produced by Sunland Inc. and supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in "limited production runs" of 72-count bulk packs of the sandwiches that went to schools under the National School Lunch Program, Smucker's spokeswoman Maribeth Badertscher said in statement on Thursday (Oct. 18).
The popular snack item is a pre-made peanut butter and jelly, circular sandwich. The Orrville, Ohio-based company tests all the incoming USDA-supplied peanut butter it gets, and tests finished products before distributing them, and said it found no problems.
But as a cautionary measure Smuckers says its working with federal agencies.
Smucker's has notified school customers to see if they still have any of the crustless frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from the recalled lots, which all have either expired or will expire soon. They should not be served to students, the company said.
No other Smucker's products contain peanut butter from Sunland or other outside suppliers, the company said.
Sunland shut down its plant in Portales, N.M., last month and recalled more than 200 products made under a variety of brand names after salmonella was found in Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Thirty-five illnesses in 19 states have been linked to Sunland, but no illnesses have been linked to the "Uncrustable" sandwiches.