• Walnuts Recalled at Trader Joe’s Due to Salmonella Risk
  • April 6, 2015 | Author: Stephen J. Burg
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
  • Grocery store chain Trader Joe's recalled raw walnuts from its shelves March 17 after it was reported the nuts may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The affected walnuts were sold in stores across the U.S. and originally had "Best By" dates that extended throughout 2015. Included in the recall were raw, organic and premium walnuts. Testing on the walnuts in question revealed salmonella was present in some of the packages, posing a severe health risk to those who ingested the food items.

    As of now, all Trader Joe's walnuts should be thrown out and the company has prohibited the sale of walnuts until another investigation concludes the source of the outbreak. Those most at risk of salmonella poisoning are young children and consumers with existing illnesses.

    The FDA reported salmonella attacks the immune system, affecting the intestines and causing vomiting, diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. In extreme cases where the organism is not detected early enough, salmonella can spread into the bloodstream and cause infections in the arteries and even aneurysms, potentially leading to death.

    Further, the elderly and infants may experience symptoms sooner and have worse reactions to the organism, according to CNBC. However, consumers of all ages should be aware of the dangers of salmonella.