Whether plain or with a little salt, cashews are damn tasty. But one way they're not tasty? With a touch of salmonella? That's why Trader Joe's has voluntarily recalled bags of raw cashew pieces after concerns they're contaminated with the unpleasant bacteria, which causes symptoms like fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
In an announcement on its website, Trader Joe's said its supplier alerted the company that "one specific lot" of Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces (barcode number 00505154) could be contaminated with salmonella. Packages from that lot are labeled "BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4" and were distributed in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, as well as Washington D.C.
"If you purchased any Trader Joe’s Raw Cashew Pieces with the specified lot code, “BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4,” please do not eat it," the company said. "We urge you to discard the product or to return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience."
While it investigates the salmonella contamination, Trader Joe's said it has removed all of its Raw Cashew Pieces from store shelves nationwide "out of an abundance of caution." So far, TJ's doesn't know of anyone who has fallen ill from the tainted nuts.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and enjoys his cashews with salt, not salmonella. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.