National grocery store Trader Joe's has been forced to recall a selection of three packaged salads over concerns about the possibility of contamination with glass or hard plastic fragments.
The three potentially affected salads are White Meat Chicken salad, the Curried White Chicken Deli salad and the Turkey Cranberry Apple salad, all of which have expiration dates between November 10 and November 21.
According to a statement on the Trader Joe's website, the two chicken salads were only being sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Lousiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The turkey salad was being sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
It's not been made clear exactly how the issue was discovered, but you can only imagine that you'd be pretty horrified if you found a shard of glass on your fork, just as you were tucking into your lunch.
All of the potentially affected salads still on store shelves have now been withdrawn from sale and destroyed, however, Trader Joe's are asking anyone who bought one of these salads within this time, that has the code INSPECTED P-40299, to dispose of their product, or to return to the store for a full refund.
On their website, Trader Joe's apologized for any inconvenience caused and directed anyone with questions to put in a call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations team on (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time] or to send them an email.
It's been a bad few weeks for the grocery chain - and probably an even worse few weeks for their PR department - given that earlier this month they were also forced to recall chicken breasts in five states, amid concerns they had become contaminated with metal. Just this week, they also had to recall a selection of sauces and dips that may contain listeria - bacteria that could lead to food poisoning if consumed.
Their Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip and the Trader Joe's Tahini sauce are both affected by the recall, which was sparked when a vegetable packaging supplier flagged up an issue with their supply line. The recall also affected products sold at Walmart.
Listeria, which can lead to sickness and fever, is caused by contamination in the water or soil, and can be especially dangerous to the elderly, the very young, and to pregnant women. Although there have been no cases of sickness reported so far, Trader Joe's are still urging anyone that has purchased either of the products to return them to the store.
Fortunately, the likelihood of you either finding glass or coming into contact with listeria is still pretty low - in all honestly, that three day old chili con carne sat in your fridge is more likely to make you ill. But it can't hurt to be on the safe side, so use this as a good excuse to clear out your refrigerator (we all know it needs doing), and if you've got any of the offending articles, chuck 'em!