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Trader Joe's orders recall of peanut butter

September 23, 2012 | 11:08 am

The Trader Joe’s grocery chain has voluntarily ordered the recall of its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter at its stores nationwide because of potential salmonella contamination.

“If you purchased this product, please do not eat it,” the Monrovia-based company said in a prepared statement. “We encourage you to return the product to any Trader Joe's for a full refund or dispose of it.”

On its website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is “collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections. Preliminary results from this ongoing joint investigation indicate that Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt is a likely source of this outbreak.” 

A total of 29 ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney have been reported in 18 states. Four people have been hospitalized.

Potential salmonella contamination could cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly or others with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain and vomiting.

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