Trader Joe's Recalls Onion Products Potentially Contaminated with Listeria

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A potentially deadly outbreak of listeria-contaminated onions supplied to Trader Joe’s for some of the grocery chain’s private-label branded deli products, has led the chain to issue several recalls as of last Friday affecting 13 states (AZ, CA, FL, GA, NM, NV, OR, SC, NC, TN, TX, VA WA).

Gill’s Onions, the supplier for Huxtable’s Kitchen who prepares items for Trader Joe’s including the recalled BBQ Chicken Salad, reported that tests of its diced onions came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes, a very serious strain of listeria, which is known to kill 1 in 5 people (20 percent) infected with the bacteria.

Other recalled items include:

Trader Joe’s Diced Onions, Garlic & Shallots Blend
Best by Dates of 7/15/12 through 8/1/12

Trader Joe’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa & Wheatberry Salad
Use by Dates of 7/28/12 and 7/30/12

Trader Joe’s Fresh Mild Salsa (16oz)
Use by Date of 8/9/12

Trader Joe’s Balela
Use by Date of 7/31/12

More than 5,600 pounds of the Trader Joe’s BBQ Chicken Salad with the contaminated onions have been recalled. The products come in 14.5-ounce trays and include the product number “P-11079” located inside the USDA mark and a sell-by date of or before July 30.

There have been no reported illnesses related to the recalled products as of yet, but symptoms of listeriosis—the infection caused by listeria—can begin appearing 3 days after consuming contaminated food and can take as long as 70 days to appear.

A detailed list of recalled items can be found on the Trader Joe’s website.

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Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is a Los Angeles-based journalist and editor focused on the global food system and how it intersects with our cultural traditions, diet preferences, health, and politics. She is the senior editor for sister websites OrganicAuthority.com and EcoSalon.com, and works as a research associate and editor with the Cornucopia Institute, the organic industry watchdog group. Jill has been featured in The Huffington Post, MTV, Reality Sandwich, and Eat Drink Better. Twitter @jillettinger | www.jillettinger.com.