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PB&S? Trader Joe's Recalls Peanut Butter Over Salmonella Fears

Federal health officials have issued a recall of Trader Joe's peanut butter after a suspected outbreak of Salmonella, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

If you have a jar of TJ's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter, you should toss it or bring it into any Trader Joe's store for a full refund. There are two Trader Joe's locations in Atlanta, in Midtown and Buckhead; there are also stores in Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, and Sandy Springs.

At least 29 cases of food poisoning have been reported so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.

Trader Joe's has taken the peanut butter off its shelves and halted Internet sales. If you're unsure whether your peanut butter has been recalled, check the SKU number. The recalled peanut butter carries SKU number 97111.

The agencies announced that the peanut butter is associated with a "fast-moving outbreak" of a strain called Salmonella Bredeney. Within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food, infected individuals often experience abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. The illness usually goes away after four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment.

Both the CDC and the FDA warn that children under 5, elderly adults, and people with weak immune systems are especially at risk. They're advised to stay away from the recalled peanut butter at all costs.

And it's not just Trader Joe's peanut butter at risk. New Mexico-based Sunland Inc., which produced the recalled peanut butter, has also recalled dozens of other nut-butter products that could potentially be infected.

According to a recent study, there were a total of 1,316 Salmonella-related deaths from 1990 to 2006. Most of the deaths were among the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

Foodborne illness is one of the most common reasons for personal injury suits. If you suffer food poisoning after eating food from a store or restaurant, you can sue the producer of the food or the restaurant that served it to you under a product liability theory.

You'll have to show evidence that the food was contaminated when you bought it. If successful, you could recover damages for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

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