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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 024-12
Friday, September 21, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: 347-396-4177
Jean Weinberg/Alexandra Waldhorn: PressOffice@health.nyc.gov


Health Department advises New Yorkers to discard Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt following a national outbreak of Salmonella infection

Health Department helps trace cause of salmonella infection

Sept 21, 2012 – The New York City Health Department advises New Yorkers to discard Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt following a national outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to its consumption. Trader Joe’s is removing this type of peanut butter from its stores. Nevertheless, the product may still be available for purchase at some New York City locations or on the internet.

The Health Department has detected at least one case in New York City, bringing the total to 29 cases in 18 states. The Department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in this ongoing investigation.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can commonly contaminate foods. Symptoms of illness usually begin 12 to 72 hours after infection and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. In most people, illness will resolve in a few days and does not require antibiotic treatment. If you experience symptoms of stomach illness, contact your health care provider and ask him or her to test you for Salmonella bacteria.

Recommendations
  • New Yorkers who consumed Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt and have symptoms described above should see their doctor and ask to be tested for Salmonella.
  • New Yorkers should not eat and should discard all Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter with sea salt in their home.

For more information on Salmonella, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/general/.