Trader Joe's Recalls Walnuts Over Salmonella Concern

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Trader Joe's is recalling a variety of raw walnut products after testing found salmonella in some packages, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday.

A contractor performing testing for the FDA detected salmonella "in certain packages" of Trader Joe's Raw Walnuts, the agency said. Trader Joe's said it has removed all of the products from its stores and will not sell them while the investigation by the FDA and the manufacturer about what led to the contamination continues.

Trader Joe's said it has not received any reports of any consumers getting sick after eating the walnuts, which were sold nationwide. Salmonella can cause a variety of gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems can develop more serious reactions, which could prove fatal, the FDA said.

The products being recalled include 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, Trader Joe's Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces and Trader Joe's Nuts Raw California Walnut Pieces. A full list with the UPC codes and "best by" dates can be found on the FDA's recall site.

If you have any of the recalled walnut products, do not eat them. They can be returned to any Trader Joe's for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call Trader Joe's Customer Relations weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern at 626-599-3817.
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