Minnesota resident linked to outbreak of Salmonella in Trader Joe’s peanut butter

One person in Minnesota is part of an ongoing multi-state outbreak of Salmonella associated with Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt, state health officials said Sept. 25. Trader Joe’s has a location in Maple Grove.

The Minnesota resident reportedly ate the peanut butter during the week prior to becoming ill in late July, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The adult was hospitalized for this illness and recovered.

MDH is collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), other state health departments and federal agencies in the continuing investigation.

To date, a total of 29 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported in 18 states. Four people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

Trader Joe’s and the manufacturer of the peanut butter has issued a voluntary recall. MDH and MDA officials urged consumers to not eat any of the Trader Joe’s peanut butter.

Salmonella is an organism, which 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 diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Anyone who believes they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider.