Recalls Imposed Against Trader Joe’s Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Raw walnuts due to Salmonella Contamination

Last Tuesday, numerous packages of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Trader Joe’s walnuts were recalled.

Kraft Foods recalled 242,000 cases of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal, according to a statement from the company.

“We believe a piece of stainless steel got wedged in a metal piece of equipment, which may have generated friction that resulted in small pieces of metal potentially falling into the product,” Kraft spokeswoman Joyce Hodel said in an email.

The product affected is the 7.25-ounce boxes of the Original flavor with best-by dates between Sept. 18 through Oct. 11, 2015, and the code “C2” appears directly below the date on each affected box, Kraft said. It shipped the product throughout the United States and to Caribbean and South American countries but not to Canada.

So far, no injuries have been reported. The company received only eight complaints of metal pieces.

“We deeply apologize to the consumers we have disappointed,” Hodel said.

Unfortunately, another recall was issued by Trader Joe’s, which pertains to its raw walnuts. According to a statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration these may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is a food-borne bacterium which cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Those infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this causes about 1.2 million illnesses in the U.S. and 450 deaths each year.

The affected Trader Joe’s products include certain lots of Raw California Walnut Pieces, Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces, Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces and Raw California Premium Walnut Halves. Each of those affected products come in 16-ounce packages with December 2015 best-by dates.

Also affected are certain 12-ounce packages of Trader Joe’s Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces with best-by dates from Oct. 15 through Dec. 1, 2015. Specific lot numbers can be found online.

The recall was announced after routine testing by an FDA contractor found salmonella in certain packages of raw Trader Joe’s walnuts, according to the FDA.

Trader Joe’s pulled the products from its shelves and will stop selling them while the possible contamination is under investigation, according to the FDA.

So far, Trader Joe’s Company has not received any reports of illnesses related to the recalled products.

None of the recalled products should be eaten. Customers are encouraged to return the recalled walnuts to any Trader Joe’s stores for a full refund.

 

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