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Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter May Be Poisoning Your Children

Posted on September 24, 2012

For most people, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are about as American as apple pie. Imagine children across the country opening up their Avengers lunchbox and pulling out a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Many parents feel the lunch favorite is healthy for kids to eat. In fact, many parents go to healthy grocery stores like Trader Joe’s to buy them.

What happens when the healthy store’s house brand is the problem? It’s difficult to imagine, but the evidence is there. Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter has been linked to 29 salmonella cases in 18 states. No deaths have been reported.

a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, top slice ...

a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, top slice of bread turned clockwise to show the peanut butter and jelly filling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a result, Trader Joe’s is recalling the peanut butter brand that has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states in the hope that there are no deaths reported.

The Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the store’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, which is sold nationwide, is the likely source of the outbreak. The agencies are investigating whether any other items sold at the store could be contaminated.

More than three-fourths of those who became ill were children under age 18. Again, no deaths have been reported.

The FDA issued a statement saying that the FDA, the CDC and the state of California briefed Trader Joe’s on its investigation showing the link between the peanut butter and the illnesses The company then agreed to remove the product from store shelves.

The government did not release which states had reported illnesses, but several states have issued warnings to residents not to eat the peanut butter. According to the individual states’ health departments, three cases were in Massachusetts, one was in Rhode Island and one was in North Carolina.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. It is most dangerous to children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems.

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