Consumer Alert: Trader Joe’s grocery stores are now recalling Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter nationwide because it may be contaminated with salmonella, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. To date, at least 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states have been linked to Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter included in this recall. Signs and symptoms of salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) may include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea.
Free Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) after eating Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
On September 22, 2012, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release warning the public not to eat Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter after it had been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella serotype Bredeney. To date, the following states have reported salmonella illnesses allegedly caused by Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter:
- Maryland (1)
- Massachusetts (3)
- Minnesota (1)
- New York (1)
- North Carolina (1)
- Pennsylvania (2)
- Rhode Island (1)
After learning that it was the likely source of the salmonella outbreak, Trader Joe’s voluntarily agreed to recall its Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter from store shelves nationwide. Consumers who have purchased this product should discard it immediately and contact a doctor if symptoms of food poisoning appear.
Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter comes in a 16 ounce plastic jar with an expiration date stamped below the lid. All code dates are affected by this recall. Production and distribution of the product in question has been put on hiatus while FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier continue their investigation into the source of the outbreak.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than three-quarters of the illnesses connected to this recall were reported in children under the age of 18. The first illness in the outbreak was reported on June 11, the last on September 2. News of additional illnesses reported since then have not yet been made available to the public.
Facts About Salmonella Food Poisoning
Salmonella is a genus of foodborne bacteria that features more than 2,000 different strains. Once a person consumes the bacteria, an infection known as gastroenteritis begins to develop. Salmonella enters the bloodstream through the intestines after the consumer eats a contaminated food product. Signs and symptoms of salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) may include:
These symptoms generally last for between three and seven days. Patients who experience extreme symptoms may require emergency hospitalization and treatment with antibiotics. According to the CDC, there are approximately 40,000 diagnosed cases of salmonella poisoning reported each year in the United States. It is estimated that this figure accounts for less than 10% of the actual number of people who contract salmonella food poisoning.
Do I Have a Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella food poisoning lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) after eating Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.