Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yet another TJ's supplier outed

Trader Joe's draws a famous veil of secrecy over its suppliers -- an obsession that, in turn, has made identifying the suppliers of Trader Joe's products a bit of a parlor game amongst grocery nerds.

Now that the Center for Disease Control and the FDA have widened the recall of nut butters contaminated with Salmonella -- the recall was, at first, associated only with Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt -- the CDC has unwittingly outed another Trader Joe's supplier.

The company is Sunland Inc., which is based in New Mexico. Sunland also supplies nut butters sold under dozens of other brand names, including Archer Farms, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen's, Joseph's, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout's, Sunland and Dogsbutter. 

Two additional Trader Joe's products are also included in the expanded recall - Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds.

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