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Trader Joe's recalls Raw Cashew Pieces over fear of salmonella contamination

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January 19
7:06 AM 2016

Trader Joe's announced recall of its Raw Cashew Pieces over concerns of one group may have Salmonella contamination. The product that could be contaminated has a bar code of 00505154, and a lot code of BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4.

According to a report by 11 Alive, the products are in stores in 30 states, including Washington, D.C., as well as in Georgia. To ensure the safety of the customers, the retailer removed the raw Cashew Pieces from store shelves and suspended the sales of the products. The company officials are currently investigating the issue.  

"Out of an abundance of caution, all lots of Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces have been removed from store shelves and their sale has been suspended while we investigate this matter," said the company in a statement.

So far, there are no reported illnesses related to the food product yet. CBS Boston reported that consumers who bought Trader Joe's cashew with lot code "BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4" are advised to not eat the food, discard it, or return it to the store for a refund.

Concerned consumers can dial (626) 599-3817 to contact Trader Joe's Costumer Relations.

Fox News enumerated the states where Trader Joe's store had their product. These states include Connecticut, Georgia, Delaware, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Salmonella symptoms surface within 12 to 72 hours after an individual is infected. These symptoms can be in the form of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. The infected person can suffer the symptoms up to a week. This illness can be deadly to those with weak immune system, the elderly, and the children.

This issue is not the first time Trader Joe's recalled one of its products. In March 2015, the retailer also recalled another brand of its nuts, also due to salmonella contamination. 

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