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Peanut Butter Is Recalled by Trader Joe’s Over Salmonella Concerns

Four stores in St. Louis take one house brand off the shelves and offer refunds.

Trader Joe’s corporate officials say they are acting “out of an abundance of caution” and ordering the recall of one type of its house brand peanut butter over salmonella concerns.

“Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter” should not be eaten, the Monrovia-based specialty grocery chain said.

“We have no confirmed information that suggests this peanut butter is unsafe to eat,” the company stated. But the food should not be eaten “pending health-related inquiries.”

Trader Joe’s has four stores in the St. Louis area, including one in Chesterfield on Clarkson Road along with locations in Des Peres, Creve Coeur and Brentwood.

The Food and Drug Administration posted the company’s voluntary recall on its web site, but did not comment on the company’s statement.

The potential salmonella contamination could cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly or others with compromised immune systems. Healthy persons who get infected with salmonella experience fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and a most unpleasant distress of the lower
intestinal system.

Trader Joe’s is offering refunds.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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