Better check your butter—nut butter, that is.
The voluntary recall of salmonella-tainted peanut and almond butter has expanded beyond Trader Joe’s stores to include more than 70 products sold nationwide.
Stores that carry products named in the recall include Target, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, GNC and Meijer. The almond and peanut butters were manufactured between May 1 and Sept. 24.
Representatives from the Whole Foods Market in Hinsdale, located at 500 E. Ogden Ave., said Monday afternoon that the Hinsdale store had, as of then, not heard about any recalls from the chain's corporate office.
Dogsbutter, one of the recalled products, has in the past been sold at The Modern Dog Boutique in Clarendon Hills. Owner Lila Mufti said she was told about the recall, but none of her inventory has been affected. Dogsbutter hasn't been on the Modern Dog shelves since this spring and none of the store's other peanut butter products have been recalled.
Thirty people across 19 states have reported salmonella food poisoning that was later linked to the contaminated nut butters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of those cases was in Illinois. About two-thirds of the illness were reported in children younger than 10.
Salmonella symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can cause particularly nasty infections in the very young or old and people with weakened immune systems.
If you purchased a product that appears on the recall list, either throw it out or return it to the store for a full refund.