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Peanut Butter Dumped In Landfill Following Bankruptcy

    March 29, 2014
    Amanda Crum
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Peanut butter dumped into a New Mexico landfill is on the minds of many this week after nearly a million jars were destroyed.

Sunland Inc., the peanut-processing plant that made the peanut butter, is at the center of a bankruptcy case and nationwide recall after 41 salmonella cases in 20 states were reported. The company says that Costco refused to take delivery of the product, but also wouldn’t agree to let it be donated to food banks in the area.

“Those trucks carrying it to the dump went right by the front door of my food bank. It wasn’t like it would have been out of the way,” said Melinda Joy Pattison, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. “For it to just be deliberately thrown away is disappointing.”

According to public works director Clint Bunch, the product will go to the Curry County landfill in Clovis, where it will be covered with waste and dirt; bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said there was no other choice.

“We considered all options. They didn’t agree,” Coll said of Costco. The retail giant has had no comment.

Costco reportedly had extensive testing done on the last batch of peanut butter Sunland made for them and found it safe, but after recieving eight shipments, the company declined to sell it due to “leaky peanut oil”. Sunland shut down in October after filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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  • stupidfoodbank

    maybe they missed the 41 salmonella cases? let’s not kill the starving people

  • Mary Garrison

    yes if it was reported with salmonella…food banks should not want them either !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robbie

    Even after the extensive testing, nothing is always safe. Unfortunately, given the society in which we now live, where the “I want everything for nothing, and I’ll sue you to get it” attitude is so prevalent, I can understand the position Costco has taken. It is sad to see what could have helped so many be destroyed, but that leaves Costco as the sole beneficiary of tons of trouble, blame and lawsuits should ONE person get sick, and we all know how it goes, whether from the peanut butter or not. Society, as a whole, has caused this, not heartless corporate giants alone.

  • me

    everyone seems to agree…better to dump it than risk it! So why is this “news” again?

  • Michael

    The issue was that this batch that was destroyed was tested as safe. The cases were from previous shipments of peanut butter. A million jars of good peanut butter trashed is a waste.

  • JR

    Unless EVERY single jar was tested to be safe, Costco made the right choice here. There’s nothing ethical in donating ‘potentially tainted’, although tested to ‘potentially be ok’, food to starving people. Jesus, why does this make headlines? If I told you to try this peanut butter, that tested ok but was under scrutiny for salmonella, would you try it and risk it? Probably not, unless you’re starving. So this is a no win situation either way you look at it. Costco is horrible and inhumane for not donating it to starving people, or Costco is horrible and inhuman for risking getting a bunch of people sick.