September 24, 2012
Recall Issued For Peanut Butter Linked To Salmonella Outbreak
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
A retail grocery store chain is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to 29 cases of salmonella-related illnesses across 18 US states, according to reports published over the weekend.
Trader Joe's, which is headquartered in California but operates in more than 30 states, has voluntarily removed their store-brand Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from shelves. The move comes after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials said on Saturday that the product was likely to blame for the recent outbreak, Associated Press (AP) reporter Mary Clare Jalonick explained.
"The FDA issued a statement Saturday saying that the FDA, the CDC and the state of California briefed Trader Joe's on its investigation showing the link between the peanut butter and the illnesses on Sept. 20. The company then agreed to remove the product from store shelves," Jalonick wrote. "The agencies are investigating whether any other items sold at the store could be contaminated."
More than 75% of those who have fallen ill are under the age of 18, and to date, no deaths have been reported as a result of salmonella poisoning, the AP reporter said. Federal officials have yet to reveal which states have confirmed cases of the illnesses, which can cause such symptoms as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, but the wire service said that state health departments in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and North Carolina had confirmed cases.
According to CNN.com, the peanut butter affected by the recall is "Trader Joe's brand Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt, with use by dates of 5/23/2013 and 6/28/2013." It is available both in stores and online, they said, adding that health department officials are advising consumers who believe they may have tainted products in their homes to dispose of them.
In a September 21 statement, the supermarket said that they had removed the product "out of an abundance of caution“¦ due to pending health-related inquiries. We have no confirmed information that suggests this peanut butter is unsafe to eat, but there is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers and crew, and the quality of our products. As such, if you purchased this product, please do not eat it. We encourage you to return the product to any Trader Joe's for a full refund or dispose of it. We apologize for any inconvenience."