The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that Trader Joe’s voluntarily recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Butter due to probable salmonella contamination.
The Associated Press reported that Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter has already been linked to 29 cases of salmonella in 18 different states around the country. The majority of the victims affected are children under the age of 18. The first reports of illness began in June, 2012. There are no reports yet of death from the salmonella infection.
The defective peanut butter is distributed all over the U.S. in 16-ounce plastic jars. The date of expiration is stamped below the lid. Though the Monrovia-headquartered company actually took the product off the shelves ahead of the recall, there is a chance that some customers still have the contaminated product on their shelves.
In a note to its customers that Trader Joe’s posted on its website, the company mentioned that it was also voluntarily recalling Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds and Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds because of salmonella contamination concerns.
Corporate officials advised people who had bought any of the above items, along with Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, not to eat them. They explained that customers can either return the defective products to a Trader Joe’s outlet for a complete refund or get rid of them.
Meanwhile, CDC, FDA and state health agencies are probing into whether there is any direct connection between the peanut butter and reported illnesses. The company also mentioned that all code dates were incorporated in the recall including and up to 24SEP13 (September 24, 2013).
Salmonella Can Cause Severe Illness
According to the CDC, a majority of people infected with Salmonella develop abdominal cramps,
fever and diarrhea 12 to 72 hours following infection. Some people may
develop serious diarrhea if the infection spreads from the intestines
to the bloodstream and to other parts of the body. It can even lead to
death, unless properly treated with antibiotics. Infants, the elderly
and people with weak immune systems stand a greater chance of being seriously affected.
Food Poisoning and Product Liability Law
If you suffered a salmonella infection from eating Trader’s Joe’s peanut butter or any other defective product, you may be entitled to considerable compensation. Liability may be imposed not only on the grocery chain that sold you the peanut butter, but also from the store’s product distributors and insurers. If you suffered a Trader Joe’s peanut butter salmonella infection, you need to seek help from a salmonella attorney immediately.
In a Trader Joe’s peanut butter lawsuit, the legal rule of strict liability may apply. This rule allows the injured party to recover compensation from the manufacturer or seller of the product without showing that either of the two was actually negligent. All three of these conditions may apply in your case:
- The product had an unreasonably dangerous faulty design during the manufacturing process, or at the time of shipment or handling.
- The product was not substantially altered from the condition in which it was initially sold.
- The item caused injury, even though it was used in the manner it was meant to be used.