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Trader Joe's Recalls Salmonella Contaminated Peanut Butter

Update Date: Sep 24, 2012 07:54 AM EDT

A report released by the Associated Press reports that Trader Joe's Markets are voluntarily recalling its house brand of peanut butter or "Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter" due to worries over salmonella contamination.

The store is offering refunds to anyone who purchased the salty spread prior to Friday's announcement (September 20) and warns buyers not to purchase any containers that may be left over from the recall.

AP quotes officials saying that the recall was warranted by an "abundance of caution" by officials from the Food and Drug Administration , though, AP reports no active cases of contamination have been reported.

Contrary to this, The Huffington Post reveals that there have in fact been 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 unidentified states that have been linked to the product.

"According to the individual states' health departments, three cases were in Massachusetts, one was in Rhode Island and one was in North Carolina," as stated by the online news blog.

WebMD reports that salmonella symptoms will appear 12 to 72 hours proceeding infection and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping. Treatment is usually unnecessary, with four to seven days needed for recovery.

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