Trader Joe's Recalls Broccoli-Kale Salad Over Potential Listeria Contamination

Grocery chain Trader Joe's is voluntarily recalling a salad containing broccoli slaw, kale and chicken, due to possible listeria contamination.

More than 33,600 pounds of Trader Joe's Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat, Sunflower Seeds, Cranberries, and a Sweet & Spicy Vinaigrette, which is produced for Trader Joe's by California-based Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods, is affected by the recall, the grocery chain announced Wednesday.

While no illnesses have been reported, the chain is urging anyone who purchased the salad that contains a "USE BY" date of 05.02.2016 through 5.07.2016 to avoid eating it and return it for a full refund or throw it away.

The possibly contaminated salads were distributed to stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

Trader Joe's decided recalled the product and removed it from its shelves when the company's vendor of sunflower seeds notified Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods that the product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Products with a "USE BY" date of 05.08.2016 or later are being produced with a different source of sunflower seeds.

Anyone with questions can call Trader Joe's Customer Relations at 626-599-3817 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. PT from Monday through Friday or email the company at

For more information, visit the Trader Joe's recall page.

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