Peanut butter recall due to possible Salmonella contamination

The US Food and Drugs Administration reported that Trader Joe’s had voluntarily recalled its peanut butter product because of possible health risk.

The FDA warning said the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter (sku 97111) was recalled by Trader Joe’s “because of potential contamination with Salmonella.”

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Salmonella can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems” while healthy persons infected with the bacteria “often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain,” the FDA explained.

The agency urged customers who have purchased the product to not eat it, and to dispose of it, or return it to any Trader Joe’s outlet for a full refund.

Along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health agencies, the FDA said they are conducting an investigation whether or not there are direct links between this product and reported illnesses.

The recalled Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter comes in a 16 ounce, plastic jar with an expiration date stamped below the lid, the FDA further said, adding that all code dates up to and including July 26, 2013 are included in the recall.

“Production and distribution of the item has been suspended while the FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier continue their investigations,” the notice said.

Meanwhile, Mexico-based company Sunland Inc., which reportedly manufactures and packages the Trader Joe’s product, likewise recalled 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter.

A Sunland spokeswoman explained they’re doing the recall as the peanut and almond butters were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe’s product.

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