Nearly 1 million jars of peanut butter dumped in landfill

March 29, 2014 

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak. The move comes after Issaquah-based Costco Wholesale declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold. The peanut butter was made with $2.8 million worth of Valencia peanuts owned by Costco and had been sitting in the warehouse since the company shut down and filed for bankruptcy last fall, according to court documents.

Costco had previously agreed to take the peanut butter, but rejected it after getting eight loads saying it is “not merchantable” because of leaky peanut oil.

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