Trader Joe’s Recalls More Granola Bars for Salmonella

We recently wrote that Trader Joe’s Co., located in Monrovia, California, issued a recall of select lot codes of its 7.4-ounce boxes of <"">Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars over concerns that the product could be tainted with the Salmonella pathogen. Now, Trader Joe’s is expanding its recall over concerns the product could be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Salmonella pathogen.

Now, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Trader Joe’s voluntarily expanded its recall of its Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars (SKU 82818) to include all code dates manufactured by Bloomfield Bakery. Bloomfield Bakery is a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings Inc., and manufacturer of the recalled bars, said the Daily News. The AP said that customers with questions may contact the firm’s customer relations department Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time, at 1-626-599-3817.

Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food borne illness outbreaks and infections can be life threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of Salmonellosis—the food borne illness caused by contamination with the Salmonella pathogen—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Healthy persons infected with the Salmonella pathogen often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

Some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics and Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-related outbreaks of stomach illness worldwide. Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis.

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