Trader Joe's, purveyor of cheap and quirkily named foodstuffs, is recalling three kinds of nut butters today: Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds.
According to a statement posted on the company’s website, the butters are being recalled because of potential contamination with salmonella.
The Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health officials are investigating a multistate outbreak possibly linked to the Trader Joe’s products. The CDC reports a total of 29 people infected in 18 states.
According to Trader Joe’s, “the products come in 16 ounce, plastic jars with expiration dates stamped below or on top of the lids. All code dates are included in this recall – up to and including 24SEPT13 (September 24, 2013).”
Customers who have bought the products are being urged not to eat them and to throw them out or return them to any Trader Joe’s store for a refund.
Unsold peanut butter has been removed from store shelves and will be destroyed. The production and distribution of the items have been suspended while the FDA and Trader Joe’s supplier conduct investigations.
Salmonella can cause illness from fever-like symptoms to more serious illness like arterial infection. Read more about salmonella on the CDC website.
Customers with questions can call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at 626-599-3817.