Peanut Butter Recall Is Bound to Kill Your Craving for PB&J

Health Check 30

peanut butter spread on oat cakesBetter double-check your PB&J! Multiple state departments of health -- including Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts -- have released warnings citing Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter -- as well as the company's other peanut butter products -- as possible culprits behind a Salmonella S. Bredeny outbreak. So far, 29 illnesses -- potentially linked to the PB -- have been reported nationwide. That includes at least two in Pennsylvania, three in Massachusetts, and one each in New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Definitely disconcerting news if you purchase your PB from Trader Joe's! 

The good news: The state departments of health are each working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pinpoint the cause of the illnesses.

As for what you can do in the meantime ...

Thankfully, Trader Joe's has voluntarily removed the product from its stores, but they're warning consumers who have it on their shelves to discard it. Another issue making matters a bit more complicated: The PB in question is sold online through other retail outlets. So, of course, officials are warning consumers to use caution if you bought it or plan to buy it online.

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Trader Joe's shares that the SKU# on the worrisome PB is 97111. According to Rhode Island officials, the jars show "use by" dates between May 23, 2013 and June 28, 2013. Yeesh! I really hope that doesn't mean these affected containers of PB end up hanging around, because retailers other than Trader Joe's and consumers they're just fine and dandy!

Hopefully, being that this is the second Trader Joe's product recall in the past three months, the company will consider whether or not they might need a more rigorous inspection process for their foods. I know other peanut butter brands have fallen victim to Salmonella contamination. But Joe's is an grocery chain geared toward health-conscious consumers. The last thing they need is to worry that their "better-for-you" Trader Joe's goodies are actually going to make them sick.

Do you shop at Trader Joe's? Does this recall concern you?



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Misty... Misty.Dawn

im glad we dont have a trader joes around here. My bf & son tear up some PB&Js!

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Trader joes isn't aimed at health conscious customers, it's aimed at lazy cooks. Most of the stuff on the shelves is either ready to eat or one step away like jarred sauces. It's certainly not healthy.

Ed Scott

I don't have, nor do I eat Traders Joe peanut butter. I will just stick to my Jif.

Alan Kolkow

I went into a Trader Joes a little over ten years ago and was FAR from impressed with the whole operation in general. Needless to say, I have never set foot inside that establishment since. Shelves and shelves of out-dated over-priced crap. They need to be shut down.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

Heard about the PB recall on the radio and thought, oh, probably some crummy brand.  Then I heard it was my brand!  I have three unopened jars in the pantry.  Pretty tasty peanut butter, sorry I have to throw it out.

marabie marabie

Rhonda you're just an ugly person get off your pedestal you damn narcissist.

Elaine Lancaster

That a real concern becasue the outreach center for the homeless get products from Traders Joes and I pray that is all affected.

Wheep... Wheepingchree

I don't like when there is a recall article on the stir & the headline makes it seem as if ALL peanut butter or ALL spinach or whatever the food recall is this week.

With that said, no I don't get my PB from TJ's. I think if people got their food more locally-sourced, they would worry less about what is in their food..

jessi... jessicasmom1

we have not been to trader joes for some time now but thanks

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