Trader Joe's voluntary recall of peanut butter Sept. 22 is linked to 29 salmonella cases in 18 states, ABC News has reported.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have removed all Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter from sale, due to pending health-related inquiries,” a statement from Trader Joe’s read.
Apparently, the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stated Sept.22 that the store's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter sold nationwide was the possible source of the outbreak.
Children under the age of 18 were among three-fourths of those who reported ill, the Associated Press (AP) reported, adding no deaths had occurred owing to the outbreak. The Chicago Tribune noted that four people were hospitalized.
“If you purchased this product, please do not eat it,” the Monrovia-based company said in a prepared statement. “We encourage you to return the product to any Trader Joe's for a full refund or dispose of it.”
Though the list of states that reported illness is not available, several states have issued warnings detesting residents from consuming the peanut butter. Health department reports indicate that three cases were identified in Massachusetts, one in Rhode Island and another one was reported in North Carolina, the AP has added.
According to the CDC, the infected people had reported sick from June 11 to Sept.2 and not much information is available on those who reported infection after August.
Salmonella contamination leads to fatal infection among children, elders and others with weak immune systems with symptoms including fever, abdominal pain and vomiting.