Trader Joe's Recalls Salted Peanut Butter Linked to Salmonella Illnesses
Trader Joe's salted peanut butter has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to the Associated Press.
Trader Joe's, which just recently opened a location at Patriot Place in Foxborough, has ordered a recall of its salted peanut butter after 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states have been linked to the product, according to an article in The Huffington Post.
The neighborhood grocery store chain's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, which is sold nationwide, has been linked to the salmonella illnesses, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The agency, according to The Huffington Post, is investigating whether any other items sold at the store are contaminated.
"The government did not release which 18 states had reported illnesses, but several states have issued warnings to residents not to eat the peanut butter," The Huffington Post reports. "According to the individual states' health departments, three cases were in Massachusetts, one was in Rhode Island and one was in North Carolina."
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Trader Joe's has since removed the product from store shelves, according to the FDA, after the agency informed the neighborhood grocery store of the investigation and illnesses related to the peanut butter on Sept. 20.
Salmonellas, according to WebMD, are a type of food poisoning caused by the Salmonella bacterium.
"There are many different kinds of these bacteria. Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common types in the United States."
Symptoms of salmonellas include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. They develop 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Older adults, infants, and those who have impaired immune systems are at highest risk.
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