BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is advising consumers not to eat or purchase Trader Joe's brand Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt because of a potential link to a Salmonella outbreak.
The DHMH said that other Trader Joe's brand peanut butter products may also be affected, and advises that consumers should, out of caution, consider setting aside and not consuming all Trader Joe's brand peanut butter products while the investigation continues.
DHMH is working with several state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infection.
Maryland has one reported case, a child under 18 who was not hospitalized and has recovered. Some people affected by the peanut butter in other states have been hospitalized.
The products may also be available in stores and online.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 2 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalization.
Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless treated promptly with antibiotics. Older adults, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.
Anyone with these symptoms who has eaten Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt should consult a physician.