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Oct 1, 2012 9:12 PM

Peanut Butter Recall Includes Major Retailers

WASHINGTON (AP) - A recall of peanut butter and other nut products has some of the country's largest grocery stores pulling store-brand products off their shelves.

New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. The company, which sells its nuts and nut butters to large groceries and other food distributors around the country, recalled products under multiple brand names last month after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands it manufactures.

In addition to Trader Joe's, the recall includes some nut butters and nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Safeway, Fresh & Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Sprouts, Heinen's, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and several other stores. Some of the stores used Sunland ingredients in items they prepared and packaged themselves.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are now 30 salmonella illnesses in 19 states that can be traced to the Trader Joe's peanut butter. No other foods have been linked to the illnesses, but Sunland recalled other products manufactured on the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product.

Some of the brand names included in the recall are Target's Archer Farms, Safeway's Open Nature, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Late July, Heinen's, Joseph's, Natural Value, Naturally More, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprouts, Sunland and Dogsbutter.

Sunland's recall includes 101 products, and several retailers have issued additional recalls including items made with Sunland ingredients.

Those sickened reported becoming ill between June 11 and Sept. 11, according to the CDC. Almost two-thirds of those who became ill were children under the age of 10. No deaths have been reported.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 hours to 72 hours after infection. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Police: Man Talked To 'Dr. Phil' Before Confessing To Murder

HOUSTON (AP) - Police say a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in Houston and dumping her body hundreds of miles away in a West Texas oil field taped an interview about the case for the "Dr. Phil" show two days before confessing to investigators.

Mark Augustin Castellano has been charged with murder in last month's slaying of 31-year-old Michelle Warner.

Houston police Det. Fil Waters said Monday that Castellano told investigators Sunday that he drove the couple's 3-year-old son to his parents' home in Odessa before returning to Houston to get Warner's body. Waters says Castellano left the body in a plastic container in the backseat of a car parked outside his parents' home for 1 ½ days before dumping it in a ditch in Midland.

Castellano doesn't have an attorney yet.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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