Trader Joe’s Company is recalling Raw Walnuts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled walnuts were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. 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. All potentially affected Raw Walnut products are as follows:
|UPC||Product Description||“BEST BY” Dates||Lot Numbers|
|00373685||Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Pieces – 16oz||12/2015||GU4345|
|00943338||Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces – 16 oz||12/2015||GU4346 GU4349 GU4356|
|00519342||Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces – 16 oz||12/2015||GU4350|
|00519328||Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Premium Walnut Halves – 16oz||12/2015||GU4343 GU4344 GU4351 GU4352|
|00586627||Trader Joe’s Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces – 12oz||OCT 15 2015 OCT 16 2015 OCT 17 2015 OCT 20 2015 OCT 21 2015 NOV 17 2015 NOV 18 2015 NOV 19 2015 NOV 20 2015 NOV 28 2015 DEC 01 2015||N/A|
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by an outside company contracted by FDA 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 FDA and the manufacturers involved continue their investigation into the source of the problem. To date, Trader Joe’s Company has not received any illness complaints related to these recalled products. 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. Salmonella is 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 (e.g., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.