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Food Safety Alert: Trader Joe’s Recalls Peanut Butter

WASHINGTON—Trader Joe’s on Sept. 22 announced a nationwide recall of its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The retailer also removed all affected product from its store shelves ahead of the announcement.

The recall involves all code dates of 16-ounce jars of Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. Production and distribution of the item has been suspended while the FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier continue their investigations.

In 2008-09, peanut butter was named as one of the main sources of a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that sickened 691 people in 46 states and killed nine people. The source of the outbreak eventually was traced back to the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America’s peanut processing plant in Blakely, Ga.

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