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Trader Joe's Recalls Packaged Salads

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Trader Joe's recalled many of its packaged salads over concerns the salads could contain shards of glass or hard plastic.

According to the company's website, white meat chicken salad, curried white chicken deli salad, and turkey cranberry apple salad packages labeled as expiring between Nov. 10 to 21 should either be discarded or returned for a refund.

The warning specifically applies to customers who bought white meat chicken and curried white chicken deli salads sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Consumers who purchased turkey cranberry salads sold in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon or Washington are also affected.

All are labeled with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspected code P-40299. Products with other inspected codes were not affected.

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It's not the first time in 2017 Trader Joe's needed to recall some of its products. Throughout the year, the company was forced to discard many of its foods because of Listeria.

On Nov. 15, the company issued a nationwide recall for Trader Joe’s Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip and Trader Joe's Tahini Sauce over Listeria fears. The move came just a month after the company discarded several several vegetable products for the same reason, reports Syracuse.com.

Consumers were advised to discard the company's 10-ounce bags of kohlrabi salad featuring "best if used by" dates of Oct. 11 to Oct. 20.

In June, Trader Joe’s grocery stores also recalled several granola products because of Listeria, Fortune reports.

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The company issued a nationwide recall of Wildway’s Apple Cinnamon granola, Banana Nut Grain-free granola, Coconut Cashew grain-free granola, and Vanilla Bean Espresso Grain-free granola. It also discarded its Trader Joe’s Grainless Granola product in some states.

Among healthy people, Listeria can cause fevers and diarrhea -- but it can prove fatal for young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women can also suffer miscarriages.

The recalls left a few consumers wary of the company.

"Listeria and Glass....Trader Joe's is on a roll right now," wrote one person in Fox News' comments section.

Yet to some, Trader Joe's wasn't the real problem. Others argued the problem reflected a greater issue: the dangers of purchasing processed foods.

"There are multiple recalls due to serious bacterial contamination in these 'Bagged Salads' every year," wrote one reader in Daily Mail's comments section after the October 2017 kohlrabi salad recall. "Most of them are due to contaminated water in the 'washes' they put the salad through while processing. This exemplifies what the exact nature of 'processed' foods. These salads are not cooked, altered, or have additives added to them (much). It doesn't need even that much 'processing' to put us at risk or make them less than desirable."

Sources: Trader Joe's (2), Syracuse.com, Fortune, Fox News, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Rusty Clark/Flickr / Embedded Images: Anthony92931/Wikimedia Commons, cyclonebill/Wikimedia Commons

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