Trader Joe's peanut butter linked to salmonella outbreak

A Trader Joe's store is shown in this undated file photo.

September 22, 2012 2:38:51 PM PDT
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is warning people not to eat or purchase Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because of a possible link to a national outbreak of salmonella infections.

A North Carolina child is among at least 29 cases of illness across the country believed to be connected to the product.  Health officials say many of the cases have been reported in children.

Trader Joe's has issued a voluntary recall of the product; however, no specific information is available on product lot numbers. 

"The investigation into the exact source of the infection is ongoing, so until there are more details, we recommend that anyone who has any of this particular product at home discard it immediately," said Dr. Megan Davies, state epidemiologist.  "If you are experiencing symptoms of stomach illness, contact your health care provider."

Customers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817.

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