FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Nationwide recall of certain Trader Joe’s walnut products due to potential health risk from Salmonella
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain raw walnut products, sold in Trader Joe’s stores in the State of Georgia, for potential health risk consumers. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is the recall notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
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.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 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. To date, Trader Joe’s Company has not received any illness complaints related to these recalled products.
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.
Potentially affected products include 16-ounce packages of certain lots of Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces, Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces, Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Premium Walnut Halves and Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces. Additional product identifying information can be found online here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm438472.htm.
The potential for contamination was noted during routine testing by an outside company contracted by the FDA, which revealed the presence of Salmonella in certain packages of Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts. 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.
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, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST.
This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.