People with peanut allergies are at greater risk, as seen in the reported illnesses.

Trader Joe's has issued a recall alert on its dark chocolate almond butter cups after illnesses due to potential allergies were reported. The grocery chain posted about the alert on its website, urging customers to discard or return the listed products with a full refund. Bazzini LLC, the supplier of the treat, was the first to voluntarily recall the items, followed by Trader Joe's alert.

The snack comes in a 1.4-ounce package and contains 2 buttercups. The company mentioned that some of the products with specific date codes might contain peanut protein which causes severe allergic reactions. Below are the listed date codes printed on the back of the package:

  • SELL BY APR 05 2022 18095 or 2B095
  • SELL BY APR 06 2022 1B096 or 2B096
  • SELL BY APR 07 2022 1B097 or 2B097

"While the label states that the product 'May contain traces of ... peanut,' following reports of allergic reaction, potentially affected product was promptly removed from sale," mentioned the website.

Due to the presence of peanut protein, people who are sensitive to the nut may have severe life-threatening reactions to the snack consumption. 

If you have the listed snack stored in your pantry and have a history of peanut allergy, please discard it. You can also return it to Trader Joe's for a full refund.

If you have any queries, you can reach out to Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 (Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. PT) or send an email.

This isn't the only food recall currently announced: Dole blueberries and deveined and frozen shrimp have been recalled. The alerts are issued due to the risk of cyclospora and salmonella contamination.

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