Trader Joe's, which opened its first Houston location on Friday, has announced it is recalling peanut butter because of a possible link to a salmonella outbreak.
Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, sold in 16-ounce plastic jars, has been removed from store shelves. Any consumers who purchased the product are asked not to eat it. A full refund will be provided for jars that are returned.
"We have no confirmed information what suggests this peanut butter is unsafe to eat," according to a statement posted on the Trader Joe's website.
The Centers for Disease Control reports, however, that the Trader Joe's peanut butter "is a likely source of this [salmonella] outbreak." It said 29 people in 18 states have been infected with a particular strain of the disease, and four have been hospitalized.
No deaths are linked to this outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration says salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It can cause fever diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain in healthy people.