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Costco offers refund for batch of contaminated peanut butter

By Camaron Kao--Costco Taiwan yesterday announced that it is offering a refund for certain Kirkland organic peanut butter products that have been contaminated with Salmonella enterica. The product has been sold in Taiwan, but no one has reported being effected.

The peanut butter manufactured by Sunland, a company based in New Mexico, has been connected to more than 30 cases of diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramping in 19 states in the U.S. Costco Wholesale Corporation distributes the product.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食品藥物管理局) said yesterday that Costco in the U.S. has announced a recall. The product batch is 555000 and is named Kirkland Signature U.S. Organic Peanut Butter.

The FDA said Costco has imported approximately 17,509 kilograms of the product since 2010.

Costco Taiwan said that the company will inform its members via a written notice. The wholesale company is offering a refund. It will destroy the recalled peanut butter.

The FDA has urged customers who have purchased the product to contact Costco as soon as possible.

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