Friday, May 13, 2016

Kale Edamame Salad Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination in Kale

Trader Joe's is recalling Kale and Edamame Salad after the supplier of the kale notified the salad manufacturer, WCD Kitchens, that the kale may have Salmonella.

Retails such as Trader Joe's, who utilize a lot of small firms to provide their stores unique products seem to have more than their share of recalls.  This is certainly the challenge of working with firms that may have supplier issues of their own.

Another issue here is testing of product with short shelf-life.  By the time tests are taken and then confirmed, that product is already out in the market.

FDA Recall Notice
World Class Distribution Issues Voluntary Recall on Kale & Edamame Salad Due to Possible Health Risk
May 10, 2016

Consumers WCD Kitchen, LLC  (909) 574-4140 
Media Paul Mestas (909) 574-4140
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WCD Kitchen, LLC of Fontana, California is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Kale & Edamame Salad (UPC 00967112), sold only in the Midwest, with a “USE BY May 05, 2016 through May 14, 2016”, because the product may be contaminated withSalmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date.

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. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The 3,763 salads possibly affected were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. No other lots, products or stores are affected.

The salad is packaged in 10 oz. plastic clamshell and the “Use By” Date is stickered on the front of the label. See photos below.

The voluntary recall was initiated by WCD Kitchen, LLC immediately after it was informed by the Kale supplier, Pearson Foods Corporation, that the Kale tested positive for the food-borne illness.

Customers who have purchased the Kale & Edamame Salad may return it to Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact the company at 1-909-574-4140, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, PST, Monday-Friday.


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