Trader Joe’s recalled three varieties of peanut butter and nut butter on September 24, 2012 due to a salmonella outbreak in 18 states that is connected with Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, and Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds.
The 16 oz. jars of recalled peanut butter were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide and have a variety of product code dates listed below.
Manufactured by Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., there are also recalled nut butter products that may be contaminated with salmonella that are sold under other labels, including Archer’s, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Serious Food, Silly Prices, Sprout’s and Sprouts Farmers Market.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most recent report on September 22 indicates that 29 people have confirmed cases of Salmonella Bredeney PFGE in 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland.
The most recent report from the CDC indicates that four of the people who are ill from the salmonella contamination in the recalled Trader Joe’s peanut butter have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
The median age of those who were sickened by the contaminated peanut butter is 7, and three-quarters of those reported are under the age of 18.
Check your cupboards for the following recalled peanut butter and nut butters from Trader Joe’s:
- Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter – 16 oz. jar (SKU 97111)
- Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds – 16 oz. jar (SKU 98927)
- Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds – 16 oz. jar (SKU 94079)
The expiration dates are stamped below or on top of the lids. Included in this recall are products with best-by dates between May 1, 2013 and Sept. 24, 2013
What are the symptoms of Salmonella? According to the CDC, a person infected with the salmonella usually has fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or beverage.
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without antibiotic treatment. However, the diarrhea can be severe, and the person may be ill enough to require hospitalization.
Who is at risk? The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may have a more severe illness. Salmonella can cause death if not treated, especially in these high-risk patients. It can spread from the intestines to the blood stream and must be treated with antibiotics.
Contact Trader Joe’s customer relations department at (626) 599-3817 if you have any questions. They are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time.