Trader Joe's has recalled one of its raw cashew products due to fears of Salmonella contamination. The company announced the recall in a statement released Friday.
The company posted the following notice on its website: "We have been alerted by our supplier of Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces (barcode number 00505154) that there is a possibility that one specific lot with the following code may be contaminated with Salmonella."
Identify Affected Cashews by Best Before Date
Trader Joe's said that customers can identify affected cashews by their Best Before date. Affected bags will have Best Before dates of 0.17.2016TF4.
Routine testing conducted by a laboratory contracted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that at least one lot of Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces was contaminated with Salmonella. However, further testing of the same lot and others did not reveal any further Salmonella contamination.
Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported, but Trader Joe's said that it wanted to recall the potentially tainted cashews out of an abundance of caution. Sales of the cashew pieces have been put on hold and all of the items have been removed from Trader Joe's grocery stores. Furthermore, the company has asked customers to dispose of affected cashews, or seek a refund at their local Trader Joe's locations.
Affected cashews were distributed and sold throughout the nation, including: Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Washington, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Product Liability Claims for Tainted Food Injuries
Salmonella poisoning can result in serious injuries and even death. Individuals who suffer injury and family members of people who die as a result of a contaminated food product may be able to seek financial restitution in court for financial damages stemming from their personal injuries and/or financial damages due to the death of their loved one.
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