Trader Joe’s has announced it is recalling peanut butter because of a possible link to a salmonella outbreak. “People love this place and everybody that has been there always goes back. It’s just a cool place all around. Everyone we talk to says the same thing.” says Joseph Mas director of marketing for a well known Dallas Law firm which handles unsafe product liability cases.
Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, sold in 16-ounce plastic jars, has been removed from store shelves. Any consumers who purchased the product are asked not to eat it. A full refund will be provided for jars that are returned.
“We have no confirmed information what suggests this peanut butter is unsafe to eat,” according to a statement posted on the Trader Joe’s website.
The Centers for Disease Control reports, however, that the Trader Joe’s peanut butter “is a likely source of this [salmonella] outbreak.” It said 29 people in 18 states have been infected with a particular strain of the disease, and four have been hospitalized. No deaths are linked to this outbreak.
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Trader Joe’s has recently opened a new store in north Texas.