Recall of Trader Joe’s salad kit distributed nationwide

Taylor Farms Retail is voluntarily recalling a specific salad product, which was distributed at Trader Joe’s stores nationwide, because it may contain two undeclared allergens.

The problem with Trader Joe’s Lemon Arugula and Basil Salad Kit is that it may contain potential wheat and egg allergens that have not been declared on the label. The issue was discovered after a customer “reported an incorrect ingredient kit,” according to the company’s announcement posted on the US Food and Drug Administration’s website.

This means that people who are allergic or sensitive to wheat or eggs may experience an adverse reaction if they eat the product. In fact, eggs and wheat are among the nine foods that cause the majority of reactions, along with other foods like peanuts, fish, tree nuts and soy, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

So far, no adverse reactions related to the products have been reported and all affected salad kits have been “removed from sale”, noted Trader Joe’s. However, the company urges those who have purchased an affected product not to eat it.

“We urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund,” Trader Joe’s said. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused.”

The recalled servings of Trader Joe’s Lemony Arugula and Basil Salad Kit come in 9.75 oz bags and have an expiration date of June 2, 2022 and UPC number 0066 2932. They were distributed at Trader stores Nationwide Joe’s.

“This voluntary recall does not apply to any other Trader Joe’s or Taylor Farms products distributed anywhere in the United States,” the company’s announcement said.

Those with questions about the recall can contact Taylor Farms at (855) 455-0098 or Trader Joe’s Customer Service at (626) 599-3817. They can also get in touch with Trader Joe’s through its product feedback form.

So far, the “only” way to prevent a food allergic reaction is to avoid the food you are allergic to, FARE noted. This is why it is important for people with food allergies to be very careful when reading food labels.

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