Trader Joe's Recalls Peanut Butter After Salmonella Outbreak
Peanut butter has been recalled in various brands and for various reasons in the past. The newest recall comes from organic health food store Trader Joe’s, after 29 people became infected with a rare strain of Salmonella Bredeney due to eating some funky peanut butter. The sickness occurred after each person consumed Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt, so if that’s your favorite brand of the creamy stuff, you might have to stick with the brand choosy moms choose until the unforeseeable future.
Although most of the people infected have gotten better without hospital treatment, the Centers for Disease and Control are reporting four of the 29 people who are sick have had to go to the hospital. If you or your child have recently consumed the Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter and are feeling under the weather, Food Safety News is reporting Salmanella symptoms include diahrea, fever, and abdominal cramps. If your symptoms match, you could be infected by the peanut butter strain.
Trader Joe’s has been quick to offer an answer to the Salmonella issue, removing all of the 16-ounce containers of peanut butter still on store shelves and sending out recall information. There hasn’t been a whole list of states with known infections, but Food Safety News is noting cases have come up in Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and New York. Regardless, whether or not you are from a state that has or has not been infected, the right call would probably be to get rid of any containers of the peanut butter in your cabinets.