Not a reassuring week for Trader Joe’s shoppers: The grocery chain has followed Tuesday’s announcement that it’s recalled a bunch of frozen vegetables over fears of Listeria monocytogenes with news that a different strain of the bacteria has set up shop in the prepared-foods area. This one apparently made itself at home in 9.3-ounce packages of Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat. Trader Joe’s has recalled 33,610 pounds of the product, a basic prepackaged salad topped with sunflower seeds and cranberries that’s made by Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods out in Vallejo, California.
Evidently, the sunflower seeds were the culprit — Ghiringhelli gave Trader Joe’s the heads-up after it was contacted by the seeds’ supplier on Tuesday. Affected products carry use-by dates that run from May 2 to May 7, and luckily they were only shipped to the states of California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. People in the Southwest will just have to satisfy their cruciferous-vegetable cravings someplace else.