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Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Recalled for Potential Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration says Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter has been linked to 29 cases of salmonella.

Trader Joe’s is recalling its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter following its link to 29 cases of salmonella from 18 states.

On Saturday the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control issued a statement 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, the CDC and the state of California briefed Trader Joe’s on the status of the investigation on Thursday and the company agreed to remove the product from store shelves immediately.

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.

Local Trader Joe’s Locations:

  • Trader Joe's Pleasanton: 4040 Pimlico #150
  • Trader Joe's Livermore: 1122 A East Stanley Blvd

To find a Trader Joe's near you visit traderjoes.com/stores.

Lynette Jones-Murphy September 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
My husband and I have shopped at TJ's in Livermore over the last 4 days in a row. 4 times since this was 1st announced. Not once has anyone who works there mentioned it during check out, been any signs at all anywhere up in the store or has the products been taken off the shelves. VERY concerning to a customer who had 4 items that were being recalled. I am grateful I read the news or else I may have never none. I may think twice about shopping here. Driving to Whole Foods an extra time during the week is well worth it.
Mr. Pickles September 25, 2012 at 08:23 PM
@Lynette Jones-Murphy; I shopped at Trader Joe's on Sunday and not only did the cashier tell me about the recall there was sign stating the fact. I don't think your telling the truth. Do you work for Whole Foods? Be on the safe side always be honest and stick with Skippy
Lynette Jones-Murphy September 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM
@ Daniel- you're a funny guy! I hope you don't assume everyone is not telling the truth because what happened to them is different then what happened to you. My husband and I went at different times for each of the 4 trips. I went 3 times and my hubby once. All I can talk about is what happened with us noone else. Just thought it was very odd that he nor I was talked to about the recall, that we didn't see any signs nor were the products taken off the shelves. I don't work at Whole Foods and I don't do Skippy. Hope your day gets better and glad to hear you had a different experience.

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