Trader Joe’s is recalling its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter following its link to 29 cases of salmonella from 18 states.
The Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control issued a statement on Saturday urging consumers to stay away from the peanut butter, especially children under the age of 5, elderly adults and anyone with weak immune systems.
According to the statement, the FDA and the CDC briefed Trader Joe’s on the status of the investigation on Thursday, and the company agreed to remove the product from store shelves immediately.
“We have no confirmed information that suggests this peanut butter is unsafe to eat,” the company stated. But the food should not be eaten “pending health-related inquiries.”
The recalled Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide and on the Internet. The product comes in a 16 ounce, plastic jar with an expiration date of stamped below the lid. Production and distribution of the item has been suspended while the FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier continue their investigations.
Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain and in rare cases can be fatal to children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems.
Consumers are encouraged to dispose of the peanut butter or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at 626-599-3817.
Information provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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- Trader Joe's Arlington
- Trader Joe's Burlington
- Trader Joe's Cambridge - Fresh Pond
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