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Heads Up: There's a Trader Joe's Salad Recall

Check your crisper.

March 15, 2022
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People who purchased Trader Joe’s salad in certain states are being advised to throw away or return the packaged product this week. The Crunchy Slaw with Chicken, Crispy Noodles & Peanut Dressing maybe came out a little to crunchy in versions sent to Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah: it may contain hard plastics, the company announced on its website on Thursday.

While salad is a common product in the food safety recall world, that generally tends to be due to the high rates of foodborne pathogens with the potential to make customers sick. But any packaged food can fall victim to manufacturing line mishaps, as seems to be the case in this incident.

Trader Joe’s says the issue was flagged by the supplier themselves, rather than through customer reports. The salads involved in the recall bear the SKU #94988, and will have a “use by” date between March 9 and 12—which means they are already past their prime. Luckily, the company reports that there have been no injuries reported and the remaining affected packages have already been pulled from the shelf.

If you purchased the salad, the company asks you “please do not eat it,” and they encourage customers to discard the product or return it to the store for a full refund. If you have questions —like whether or not you can get a refund if you tossed it—the posting suggests you call the store’s customer relations line or email them.

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MoodyFoodie310 March 15, 2022
The writer should have said, “Maybe came out a little too crunchy“, NOT “a little to crunchy”. Please be more careful in your writing/proofreading.
Lynn D. March 15, 2022
This is the second time you have published this article each time with two different pictures of delicious looking salads that have nothing to do with the product that was recalled. I think that's a bit unfair to Trader Joe's. In addition this article was published three days after the product's expiration date. Time for some up to date content.
judy March 15, 2022
I am a regular Tjs shopper. Sadly there are so many recalls for their packaged pre-made fresh products that I no longe buy them. I do buy whole produce, but any prepared refrigerated product with multiple ingredients I stay away from. I actually make this a general rule anywhere, but TJS seems to have a large number of them, sadly. Such a great store, otherwise. Been shopping there for decades.