Trader Joe's granola bars recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

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Trader Joe's granola bars recalledTrader Joe's Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars are being recalled because they could be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

The granola bars are made for Trader Joe's by Bloomfield Bakery. The boxes and each of the wrapped bars have the date/lot codes 16JUL10H2 and 17JUL10H1.

Trader Joe's store nationwide carried the 7.4 ounce boxes of granola bars.

Salmonella is an organism that can be particularly dangerous to the very young, the very old or those with weakened immune systems. It can be fatal.

For healthy people, salmonella can cause fevers and a variety of gastrointestinal problems. No illnesses related to this product have been reported so far, the FDA said.

The FDA said production of the granola bars has been halted until an investigation is completed.

If you have any of the recalled granola bars you can return them to any Trader Joe's for a full refund. For more information, call Trader Joe's weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time at (626) 599-3817.

Trader Joe's issued a statement on its Web site.

"As a precaution, all of the product has been removed from sale and has been destroyed," the statement reads. "At Trader Joe's, there is nothing more important to us than the safety of our customers and crew, and the quality of our products. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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