The major chain Trader Joe’s pulls back cashews due to salmonella worry that could be dangerous to the health of their customers. Among more infamous scandals currently plaguing Chipotle, it’s best to be cautious about certain health hazards, no matter the risk.
“Trader Joe’s Raw Cashew Pieces” recalled
On Sunday, Trader Joe’s recalled one batch of their “Raw Cashew Pieces” after they received a warning from their supplier. It stated that there was a “possibility” that the product was infected with the salmonella bacteria. That prompted an emergency recall of all their raw cashews, along with an advice for customers who might’ve already purchased them.
Salmonella can often cause typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and food poisoning in patients, but, in rare cases, it could result in complications. This includes severe diseases such as arterial infections or infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis. In the United States alone, there are around 50,000 cases of the infection reported each year. Young children and older adults are especially vulnerable due to impaired immune systems.
It’s important for those who had shopped at Trader Joe’s be very careful with the packaging of “Raw Cashew Pieces” and look for the risky batch.
According to the company, customers should avoid consuming the product labeled for consumption “BEFORE 07.17.2016”. For further description, the packaging would be clear, non-resealable, made from plastic, and would contain 16 ounces of raw cashews. While they have been recalled from the store shelves, customers are prompted to either throw them out or return them for a full refund.
The supplier has stated that the potentially infected product has been distributed only for Trader Joe’s store in 30 states across the U.S.: 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.
The symptoms for salmonella develop between 12 hours and 3 days after consuming contaminated food. Initial signs may also include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While the symptoms can disappear in a matter of 7 days without the need for treatment, it is possible for the disease to result in complications. Furthermore, the bowels may yet be affected for the following months even after the disease clears.
Unfortunately, contaminated products both look and smell normal. It’s best to properly check the packaging for “Trader Joe’s Raw Cashew Pieces” before eating.
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