Trader Joe’s has issued a recall after learning bags of their cashews may contain salmonella.
The popular grocery chain, which has almost 500 locations in the United States, released a statement on Monday notifying their shoppers that there was a possibility one batch of cashews could possibly have traces of the bacteria.
They also announced that all cashews would be removed from their shelves while they looked into the matter for added safety.
‘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: BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4,’ they said in the statement on their website.
‘The product was distributed ONLY to Trader Joe’s stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.’
Customers are asked to throw away any cashews that fit that description or return them to any Trader Joe’s location for a full refund.
Individuals with any questions or concerns can call Trader Joe’s Costumer Relations at (626) 599-3817.
Trader Joe’s swift action in this matter comes two years after an outbreak of salmonella was found in almond and peanut butter, resulting in a world-wide recall.
In the end, there were over 40 reported cases of salmonella across 20 states.
In that case as well Trader Joe’s removed all nut butters from their shelves until the situation was resolved and they had looked into the incidents.