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The Good, The Bad & The Complicated Of Employee Discounts

Between the hours, the pay and the occasional scowling customer, working retail isn’t always the fun times it’s made out to be in film comedy. But at least there’s the employee discount, right? [More]

Joe the Pig asks Trader Joe's to stop selling antibiotic-filled pork. (Consumerist/MBQ)

“Meat Without Drugs” Campaign Brings Its Piggy Pal To Rally At Trader Joe’s In NYC

We’re not sure if the folks at Trader Joe’s had ever seen a giant pig named Joe beg the company to get him off drugs, but as of this morning in NYC, things have changed. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of our benevolent overlords at Consumer Reports, showed up with a team of other consumer and environmental advocacy groups to urge the grocery chain not to sell meat raised on antibiotics. [More]

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Great Peanut Butter Recall Of 2012 Began With Trader Joe’s, Now Includes 17 Brands

The Great Peanut Butter Recall of 2012 started relatively small, with Valencia peanut butter sold at Trader Joe’s. Thirty individuals in nineteen different states became ill from salmonellosis, and the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified that product as the likely source of the infections. Sunland, the company that actually manufactures peanut butter sold under the Trader Joe’s label, took the precaution of recalling other products manufactured on the same product line during the same period. That includes products sold under Sunland’s own label, as well as 15 other store and niche brands. [More]

June Recall Roundup: Mac ‘N’ Cheese ‘N’ Metal Shards

June Recall Roundup: Mac ‘N’ Cheese ‘N’ Metal Shards

Pull up a stepstool, park your kid’s stroller, and let’s sit down with some Trader Joe’s chicken breasts and Walmart mac and cheese, with Sienna Bakery macademia nut cookies: it’s time for the Recall Roundup. Oh. All of those things have been recalled, really? [More]

Trader Joe's Offers Multiple Serving Suggestions, Causing Cookie Consumption Confusion

Trader Joe's Offers Multiple Serving Suggestions, Causing Cookie Consumption Confusion

Sometimes you just need someone to tell you exactly how many cookies is considered okay to eat at a time, but don’t ask Trader Joe’s the right serving amount of their Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re ready with not one, but two answers on that front. [More]

Woman Acquitted For Slapping Other Trader Joe's Customer Over Pad Thai

Woman Acquitted For Slapping Other Trader Joe's Customer Over Pad Thai

A “freelance opera singer” who slapped another female Upper West Side Trader Joe’s customer in a fight over who would get the last package of frozen vegan pad-Thai dinner was acquitted yesterday, reports the New York Post. [More]

Is That "Organic" Egg A Good Egg?

Is That "Organic" Egg A Good Egg?

Not all organic eggs are created equal. While different cartons of eggs might all have the same “Organic! Yay!” label slapped on them, standards for what that means can vary from farm to farm. One might meet minimum USDA or Federal standards while another has no real outdoor access for the chickens to speak of. To help you navigate the bedeviling array of options, The Cornucopia Institute has created an Organic Egg Scorecard to rate farms on a 5-egg system. Small farms with lots of pasture for the chickens to frolic in rate highly, while eggs put out by Trader Joe’s, Kirkland, and Price Chopper only get a one egg rating. [More]

Is Aldi Just Trader Joe's Without The Marketing Budget?

Is Aldi Just Trader Joe's Without The Marketing Budget?

The New York Times has an interesting look at Aldi, the German-owned discount chain that’s anything but a superstore — it features a small selection of private label products aimed at the consumer who doesn’t really care what supposedly “choosy Moms choose.” [More]

Trader Joe's Syrup Does Not Suffer From GPA Trouble

Trader Joe's Syrup Does Not Suffer From GPA Trouble

Eric found that his Trader Joe’s switched grades of organic maple syrup on him from one month to the next, first offering “US Grade A Extra Amber, and then moving on to “Grade B.” [More]

The Story Behind Trader Joe's 'Two-Buck Chuck' Wine

The Story Behind Trader Joe's 'Two-Buck Chuck' Wine

Ever wonder how Trader Joe’s stores can sell Charles Shaw wines — more commonly known as Two-Buck Chuck — for such low prices? CNN.com just posted this interview with Fred Franzia, the man behind the discount drinks. [More]

Trader Joe's, Walmart Sprouts Recalled For Salmonella

Trader Joe's, Walmart Sprouts Recalled For Salmonella

Sprouts sold at Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Kings Super Market, Numero Uno Stores, Cárdenas Markets, Gonzalez Northgate Markets, Wal-Mart stores, Jons Markets, and Canton Foods have been recalled after an outbreak of salmonella sickened more than 20 people in 10 states. [More]

Trader Joe's Tells Me It's Getting Rid Of Free Balloons

Trader Joe's Tells Me It's Getting Rid Of Free Balloons

Michael brings some news that will devastate my 3-year-old: Apparently they’re doing away with the free hot air balloons they hand little guests to placate them as their parents shop. [More]

Trader Joe's Recalls Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars

Trader Joe's Recalls Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars

Apparently not content to let Toyota and Honda hog all the recall headlines this week, the good folks at grocery store chain Trader Joe’s have announced a “my bad” of their own, recalling a few batches of their Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars — no, not for having a ridiculously long name — but because you might get sick from eating them. [More]

One Death Tied To 545,699 lb Ground Beef Recall

One Death Tied To 545,699 lb Ground Beef Recall

New Hampshire has announced a death connected to the recent recall of 545,699 lbs of ground beef for e. coli contamination. The beef was sold in the following retailers, among others: Trader Joes, Price Chopper, Lancaster and Wild Harvest, Shaw’s, a unit of Supervalu, BJ’s, Ford Brothers and Giant.

Trader Joe's Salmon Comes With Delectable Organic Free-Range Worm

Trader Joe's Salmon Comes With Delectable Organic Free-Range Worm

Reader David was eating his dinner of Trader Joe’s Chimichurri salmon when he found an unexpected garnish: a rather dead and fully cooked worm. It was brown and roughly an inch long. He e-mailed the company, then brought the fish (and worm) back to the store for a refund. While the store supervisor’s handling of the situation was stellar, the reaction from Trader Joe’s corporate has been…nonexistent.

Trader Joe's Redefines Organic, Puts Glass in Your Sorbet

Trader Joe's Redefines Organic, Puts Glass in Your Sorbet

Specialty store Trader Joe’s is very common with the college hipster crowd; decent prices, organic foods, and the ever-drinkable Two Buck Chuck. For tipster Gil’s sake, they better have some organic band-aids and DIY Surgery kits — at least one of their products comes with a shard of all-natural glass. Full letter after the fold.

Trader Joe's Will Remove All Single-Ingredient Food From China From Their Stores By April 1

Trader Joe's Will Remove All Single-Ingredient Food From China From Their Stores By April 1

“Our customers have voiced concerns about products from this region and we have listened,” Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said in a statement.

Chinese Goods No Longer Welcome At Trader Joe's

Chinese Goods No Longer Welcome At Trader Joe's

Caving to xenophobia, Trader Joe’s announced that it will purge its shelves of all single-ingredient Chinese products by January 1. Will consumers be any safer?