A lot of consumers head to Trader Joe’s because the food is often
organic and carefully manufactured. Yet if you have purchased peanut butter
at this grocery store recently, you should probably take it right back
where it came from. The Food and Drug Administration and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that
is sold at the store may contain salmonella bacteria. 29 people have reported
contracting salmonella after eating the peanut butter. The reports have
come from 18 different states. According to The Huffington Post, agencies
are investigating to make sure that no other items sold at the store are
contaminated with the bacteria.
About 75 percent of all the salmonella victims were under the age of 18.
This may be because the children have weaker immune systems, or because
the children were more prone to consume peanut butter. No deaths have
been reported in connection with the salmonella outbreaks, but many of
the ill individuals have been hospitalized. This will inevitably bring
on high-expense medical bills as a result of eating the peanut butter.
Those who work may have to suffer an economic loss because of their lost
wages. The company has already removed the peanut butter from store shelves.
So far, newspapers have been able to determine that one case of salmonella
was in Rhode Island, one was in North Carolina, and at least three occurred
in Massachusetts. The incidents recorded so far all occurred between June 11th and September 2nd. Salmonella is normally a 12 to 72 hour infection that can come with diarrhea,
fever, and severe abdominal cramps. It is most dangerous when it is detected
in children, the elderly, or others with weak immune systems. If you have
contracted salmonella from Trader Joe’s peanut butter or another
marketed food source, then talk to a personal injury attorney to seek
compensation from the company responsible!