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Trader Joes Recall: Peanut Granola Bars

In a nutshell: Granola bars with peanut glaze and some cookies were recalled from Trader Joe’s due to the peanut butter and peanut paste salmonella scare.

FDA press release (verbatim)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — (January 22, 2009) Monrovia, CA – Trader Joe’s today issued a voluntary recall for three private label products: Peanut Butter Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars, 7.4-ounce (UPC 88713), Nutty Chocolate Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars 7.4-ounce (UPC 88721) and Sutter’s Formula Cookies, 16-ounce (SKU 00176) because the products contain peanut butter that was manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the focus of an ongoing Salmonella investigation.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web-site.

 As a precaution, in advance of this recall, Trader Joe’s removed all three items from store shelves.  Both Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars were supplied by Lovin Oven, LLC and the Sutter’s Formula Cookies were produced by WendySue & Tobey’s Bakery.

The affected Sutter’s Formula Cookies were sold only in Trader Joe’s stores located in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.

The Peanut Butter Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars and Nutty Chocolate Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars were sold at Trader Joe’s stores nationwide.

Here are the product labels.

At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of illnesses or adverse affects affiliated with these products.

At Trader Joe’s we take the safety of our customers and the integrity of our products very seriously.  Customers who have purchased any of these items (any date code) are urged to return them to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.  Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Service at (626) 599-3817.

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