Nearly a million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — Nearly a million jars of untainted peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill.

The $2.6 million worth of peanut butter is being hauled to the landfill in Curry County this week to expedite the sale of the bankrupt Sunland Inc., the peanut-processing plant in Portales that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll says the peanut butter was produced for Costco Wholesale before the plant shut down last fall. But Costco refused to take shipment of the product, and it declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food products to institutions like prisons even though tests showed it was safe.

Costco officials did not return phone calls seeking comment. But court records show the peanut butter was rejected by Costco because of leaky peanut oil.

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      • Brittius

        Yes, it would be! Half million little monkeys with their tongues sticking out from exhaustion licking peanut butter. I had a few trained in my backyard. They would climb on my lap and I kept a brown paper bag full of peanuts in the shell. Also had a family of Mute Swans that knocked on my kitchen door for bread.
        I started out as a hunter, and ended up as Grizzly Adams. Go figure.

  • Susan Roderyn

    As many people that are going hungry right here in America and they willNOT donate it….just shows you how heartless and Big corporate these people are….shame on you.

    • DK

      It’s not Costco. Costco refused delivery because of leaky peanut oil. Sunland owns the peanut butter and wouldn’t donate it. Probably a tax thing related to the business closing. I think it’s quite a bit easier to throw things away than to donate.

  • Ryan LeClair

    Another case that demonstrates why we need to oust corporate ownership and replace it with economic democracy. These people are heartless and socially irresponsible.

  • rwleclairr

    If socialism refers to a centralized state controlled by a select elite to manage the economic affairs of the masses, then no. If socialism refers to the expansion of democracy so that participants in the economy have democratic control over their economic well-being, then yes. Socialism is a meaningless buzz word used by media and economic elites to maintain the status quo. It is used as a historical misnomer which confuses people into misunderstanding what is by definition an expansion of democracy with the totalitarianism of Stalinism.

  • rwleclairr

    So Todd, your cynical comment implies that you are against expanding democracy. It implies that you prefer the hegemony of an elite class that repeatedly and without shame acts in the interests of their own avarice at (as demonstrated in this article) the expense of society.

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