Fears that its granola bars may cause salmonella poisoning have caused Trader Joe's to expand its recall of Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from specific lots to every box that was made, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.
Other brands, which were also produced in the same California plant of Ralcorp's Bloomfield Bakers, are also being recalled. They include Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch, Dutch Apple and Wildberry Chewy granola bars and Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.
It is not immediately clear whether other commercial bakeries or more products could be affected. Ingredients used to make the granola bars -- toasted soy grits and soy flour -- distributed by the Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative in Michigan, are thought to be the cause of the contamination and certain lots are now being recalled. Thumb Oilseed did not respond to a request to comment.
Trader Joe's said that it has suspended production of its chewy chocolate chip bars until the investigation has been completed.
"Immediately after Bloomfield Bakers told us about the soy grits as the suspected cause, we immediately issued a voluntary recall for Chocolate Chip chewy granola bars and pulled all of the product off our shelves," spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki told WalletPop in an email. "We do not presently sell this item in our stores."
She said other questions about the potential contamination should be directed to Bloomfield. A spokeswoman for Ralcorp, the bakery's parent company, told WalletPop that they had no interest in discussing the situation.
"We respectfully decline your offer to contribute to this article. Thank you for your interest," was the entire response from Sabrina Prud'homme, Ralcorp Holdings' communications manager.
The FDA and Michigan Department of Agriculture are investigating. No illnesses related to the recalls have been reported.
Salmonella poisoning can cause a wide array of gastrointestinal problems and is particularly dangerous to the very young, very old or those with compromised immune systems.
Anyone who has purchased any of the recalled granola bars are asked to return them to place of purchase.
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