A Public Health Alert Has Been Issued for This Popular Trader Joe’s Item — Here’s What You Need to Know

published Mar 15, 2023
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Trader Joe's exterior and sign. Trader Joe's is an American privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, CA.
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According to the internet, everyone loves Trader Joe’s. Even if you’ve only been once (or simply want to go), the grocer holds a special place in many people’s hearts — and for good reason. With their famous product launches, twists on classic recipes, and relatively low prices, Trader Joe’s stands out as a grocery store you can trust. But while its image is rooted in sustainability, the brand isn’t insulated from occasional recalls or product issues. Case in point: their fan-favorite chicken salad. 

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently released a public health alert regarding a ready-to-eat chicken salad sold by Trader Joe’s. Washington-based manufacturer Taylor Farms produced and shipped 12-ounce containers of the Trader Joe’s Wine White Country Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Pecans to locations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. While the packaging notifies consumers of pecans in the mix, the label does not mention another common allergen: cashews. The salads were manufactured on March 4, 2023, and have a best by date of March 12, 2023. 

While there aren’t any reported reactions to the mislabeled chicken salads, the FSIS urges consumers to discard the affected product or to return the merchandise to the location they purchased from. Fortunately, this alert isn’t as significant or severe as others have been in recent months (like the massive product recall in February).

So, if you’ve already been on your monthly Trader Joe’s haul, be sure to check your fridge ASAP to ensure you haven’t kept the indicated product tucked behind the eggs! 

Wondering what other recalls and public health alerts have been issued lately from your favorite brands? Check out this page that’s updated regularly to stay in the know.