One million jars ($2.6 million worth) of peanut butter is being dumped at a New Mexico landfill. The massive peanut butter disposal is an attempt to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide Sunland Inc. product recall. That’s a whole lot of peanut butter being wasted right before National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2nd).
Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll told the Huffington Post that Costco’s refusal to take shipment of Sunland Inc. peanut butter products gave him no choice but to send the jars off to the dumpsters. Costco also refused to let the peanut butter be donated to food banks, repackaged, or sold to brokers who provide food to prisons and other institutions.
Court filings have shown that $2.8 million worth of Valencia peanuts owned by Costco went into the production of the peanut butter, and the jars have been sitting untouched in Sunland Inc.’s warehouse ever since it shut down and filed for bankruptcy last year.
The stock of peanut butter holds a value of $2.6 million, and the company is paying $60,000 to transport the nut butter in 58 truckloads to a landfill.