March 17, 2015 — Trader Joe’s grocery stores have issued a voluntary recall for raw walnuts due to possible contamination with Salmonella.
No complaints of food poisoning related to these products have been reported.
The recalled products were sold nationwide, packaged in clear plastic bags. The contamination was discovered during routine testing by an outside company contracted by the FDA.
Trader Joe’s has removed all lots of these products from store shelves “out of an abundance of caution,” and will stop selling the products while the FDA and manufacturers investigate the source of the problem.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning. In healthy adults, symptoms often include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
The FDA also warned about some of the most serious complications of Salmonella infection, which are most likely to affect children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems:
“In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”
Products included in the recall:
- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Pieces – 16oz
- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces – 16 oz
- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces – 16 oz
- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Premium Walnut Halves – 16oz
- Trader Joe’s Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces – 12oz
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