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FDA flexes new food safety law to shut down Trader Joe's peanut butter plant

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Photo by Bill Keaggy via Flickr Creative Commons

In September, more than 70 types of peanut butter and almond butter were folded into a large-scale recall of Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter after 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states were linked to that product.

On Monday, the peanut butter manufacturing facility — the largest organic processor in the country — was effectively shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when the agency flexed its new food law authority and suspended the company's required registration.

Says the FDA:

In the interest of protecting public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suspended the food facility registration of Sunland Inc., a producer of nuts, and nut and seed spreads...

...The fact that peanut butter made by the company has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney that has sickened 41 people in 20 states, coupled with Sunland’s history of violations led FDA to make the decision to suspend the company’s registration.  


Talking turkey about typos? New Trader Joe's Thanksgiving stickers you'll want to 'gooble' up

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Photo by Lisa Brenner / KPCC

The turkey says "Gooble Gooble."

The new phone books stickers are here! Trader Joe's — your neighborhood grocery store and the bestower of seasonal stickers — has received a new round of adhesive circles for holiday shoppers in search of DIY dinner greatness.

The 2012 Thanksgiving stickers made an appearance Thursday night at the Silver Lake location where a friendly employee, who mentioned the stickers arrived earlier in the week, pointed out the possible fantastic flaw in the turkey translation — it appears that someone spelled "gobble" wrong.

In fairness, Trader Joe's could have a "gooble"-named product that's yet to debut, or perhaps they just have an advanced knowledge of turkey talk.  For all we know, we're the ones onomatopoeia-ing wrong. Those birds could have been saying "gooble" the whole time.