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July 23, 2014

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Trader Joe’s recalls peanut butter

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Trader Joe’s is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to salmonella illnesses in 18 states.

MONROVIA, Calif. — Trader Joe's is recalling its house brand of peanut butter over fears of possible salmonella contamination.

The voluntary recall of Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was announced Friday on the Monrovia-based company's website. No specific lot numbers are available.

Officials with the specialty grocery chain said they were acting "out of an abundance of caution," stressing that there are no confirmed reports of contamination.

Trader Joe's is offering refunds.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

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