I know a lot of my readers shop at Trader Joe’s for many of their organic and natural groceries, so I wanted to pass along this information. If you have a jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter in your cabinet, don’t eat it. Trader Joe’s announced on Sept. 21 that it has removed all of that particular product “out of an abundance of caution” due to “pending health related inquiries.” The website also says that there is no confirmed information that the peanut butter is unsafe.

 

The FDA’s press announcement is more specific about the issue. It says that the “The FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections possibly linked to Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter, with a Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) identifier of 97111.”

 

These agencies are recommending that people not eat the peanut butter, especially by children under 5, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Even if you don’t fall into those categories, it’s a good idea to either throw the peanut butter away or return it to Trader Joe’s for full refund.

 

The CDC has reports of 29 people in 18 states who have become sick from an outbreak of the strain of Salmonella Bredeney.

 

If you or someone you know has recently consumed Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter and develop symptoms of salmonellosis, you should contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.” Symptoms can last four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. But some people, especially young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, will require immediate care for severe diarrhea.

 

Related salmonella story on MNN: Super virulent salmonella strain discovered

 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.