Trader Joe's Products Recalled Over Listeria Scare

Have your TJ's favorites been pulled off the shelves?

Salsa, balela and BBQ chicken salad have all been recalled from Trader Joe's stores across the country because they contain diced onions that tested positive for listeria.

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If you loaded up at Trader Joe's in anticipation of some snacking in front of the Olympics, check the labels. Three products have been pulled from the shelves due to suspect onions.

Trader Joe's brand salsa and balela have been recalled in six southern states due to a possible listeria contamination, the Associated Press reported today.

Mild salsa with a use-by date of August 8, and balela—a Middle Eastern salad—with a use-by date of July 31 are being recalled from stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and southern Virginia.

These products are made by Simmering Soup Inc., an Atlanta-based company. According to Simmering Soups, none of its products have tested positive for listeria and no illnesses have been reported. However, the salsa and balela were made with diced onions processed at a plant where listeria was found.

On Friday, another Trader Joe's product with diced onions from the same plant was also pulled, according to the USDA. Approximately 5,610 pounds of Trader Joe's BBQ Chicken Salad were recalled from stores in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Texas. The recalled salads have the products number "P-11079" and use-by dates through July 30. So far no illnesses have been reported in association with the salad.

Listeria symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and stomach problems like nausea and diarrhea.

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