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Cilantro Problem Prompts Trader Joe’s Recalls

Cilantro in several Trader Joe’s products may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The company has alerted its customers to a recall of:

–Cilantro Dressing with a sell-by date of Feb. 9, 2011, sold nationwide in all Trader Joe’s stores.

–Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette with a sell-by date of Jan. 9, 2011 sold nationwide in all Trader Joe’s stores.

–Cilantro Pecan Dip with sell-by dates of Nov. 20, 2010 and Nov. 24, 2010 sold in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Washington Trader Joe’s stores.

–Spicy Thai Pasta Salad with sell-by dates of Oct. 30, 2010 through Nov. 6, 2010, sold in the chain’s California stores and in one Trader Joe’s location each in Tucson, AZ and Carson City, NV.

The potentially contaminated  cilantro prompted APPA Fine Food of Corona, CA. to recall approximately 7,325 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. 

The recall involves12 oz. packages of the company’s “Spicy Thai Style Pasta Salad,” which is packaged for Trader Joe’s.

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The chicken pasta products were produced on Oct. 25, 27, and 29, 2010. The packages bear the establishment number “P-21030″ within the USDA Mark of Inspection. 

FSIS said it learned of the problem from the company as a result of an ongoing investigation into a cilantro recall issued by an FDA-inspected establishment.  FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad. 

The FSIS press release said the retail distribution list(s) will be posted, when available,  on FSIS’ <a href="http://www.fsis.usda.gov/

FSIS_Recalls/

Open_Federal_Cases/

index.asp.”>website. 

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the company’s Insurance Coordinator, Denise McGrath, at 951-278-2772 ext. 8113.  

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