WCD (World Class Distribution) Kitchen LLC, a California-based food supplier, is recalling Kale & Edamame Salads it prepared for Trader Joe’s stores because of concerns the salads may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 3,763 of the potentially contaminated Kale & Edamame salads were distributed mostly to Trader Joe’s stores in the Midwest. The affected salads are packaged in 10-oz. plastic clamshell containers and bear the UPC code 00967112 and a “use by” dates ranging from May 5, 2016, through May 14, 2016.
The affected salads were sold in Trader Joe’s stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. No other lots, products, or stores are affected by the recall.
WCD Kitchen of Fontana, Calif., initiated the recall immediately after its kale supplier, Pearson Foods Corporation, informed it that the kale tested positive for salmonella, a bacteria that causes foodborne illness and can be deadly to some.
Salmonella is especially likely to cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, people in frail health, and the elderly. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rarer cases, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and trigger more severe illnesses such as aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis.
Customers who have purchased the recalled salads may return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions about the recalled products may contact the company at 909-574-4140, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., PST, Monday-Friday.