Trader Joe’s Recalls Walnuts Over Salmonella Concerns

tj1If you’ve got some raw walnuts from Trader Joe’s sitting in your pantry, you should check the label because they might be among those nuts recalled for possible Salmonella contamination.

Trader Joe’s says the presence of Salmonella was detected during routine testing by an outside company. The grocery store chain claims to know of no illnesses tied to the affected nuts, which were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide.

The labels for the affected nut varieties can be seen in the above image. The specific product names, UPC codes, Best By dates, and lot numbers can be found in the chart below. UPC codes printed on the back of all the nut packages. The Raw California Walnut products have the “Best By” dates and lot numbers printed on the back, while the Organic Raw Walnut have this relevant info on the front.

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According to the FDA, healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 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.

Customers who have purchased any of this recalled Raw Walnut product are urged not to eat it, and to dispose of the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00AM to 6:00PM PST].

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