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Trader Joe's recalls granola bars over health concerns

Posted On Thu, February 11, 2010

Move over Toyota, Trader Joe's is the latest company to issue a recall regarding one of their products after learning it could be harmful to its customers' health.

According to a recent posting on the specialty grocery store's website, all Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars have been removed from store shelves and destroyed. The recall came after alerts from suppliers that boxes of the bars with expiration dates of July 16 and July 17, 2010 may contain "a serious food-borne illness."

"If you purchased any Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars with the specified code dates, please do not eat them. Please return the product (full or empty) to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund or dispose of it.," read the statement.

While Trader Joe's did not elaborate further, a report by the Associated Press stated that the products may have been contaminated with salmonella.

Salmonella ingestion can lead to salmonellosis, an abdominal illness that can cause extreme cramps, fever, and diarrhea for up to a week. It also has the potential to be fatal to those who have weakened immune systems.

When it comes to unpredictable circumstances such as tainted food that can lead to serious illnesses, it is extremely important to be covered by an adequate health insurance provider that can pay for any sudden medical costs.

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