March 17 2015

Trader Joe's Recalling Walnuts Over Health Concerns

By: Rich Hosford

A warning to walnut fans, a local grocery store has put out a recall on them for health reasons.  

Trader Joe’s Company is recalling Raw Walnuts because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, a notice from the Food & Drug Administration put out Tuesday states. 

“Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain,” the warning continues. “In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”

The recalled Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. There is a Trader Joe’s on Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington. 

The products are packaged in clear plastic bags with the UPC Codes printed on the back. For the Raw California Walnut products, the “BEST BY” dates and Lot Numbers can be found printed on the back of the packages. For the Organic Raw Walnut products, the “BEST BY” dates can be found printed on the front of the packages

All potentially affected Raw Walnut products are as follows:

- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Pieces – 16oz. UPC: 00373685. Best by 12/2015. 

- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces – 16 oz. UPC: 00943338. Best by 12/2015. 

- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces– 16 oz. UPC: 00519342. Best by 12/2015. 

- Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Premium Walnut Halves – 16oz. UPC: 00519328. Best by 12/2015.

- Trader Joe’s Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces – 12oz. UPC: 00586627 Best buy (range) 10-12/2015. 

“Out of an abundance of caution, Trader Joe’s removed all lots of these products from store shelves and will suspend sale of these products while the FDA and the manufacturers involved continue their investigation into the source of the problem,” the FDA statement reads. 

It added that, to date, Trader Joe’s has not received any illness complaints related to these recalled products.

Customers who have purchased any of this recalled Raw Walnut product are urged not to eat it, and to dispose of the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817. 

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