Livingston shoppers find their favorites in Florham Park
Friday, February 22
A taste test published by Huffington Post found that many foods sold at nearby Trader Joe's stores have brand-name pedigrees. Are those foods identical to the big names, though? The Huffington Post report says, "big brands are willing to operate under Trader Joe's cloak of secrecy, under which the 'vendor shall not publicize its business relationship with TJ's in any manner.' " Michelle H., a Livingston shopper at the Trader Joe's in Florham Park, wasn't surprised by the information. "I like their food no matter it comes from, but I always thought that the snacks, especially, reminded me of familiar products from the regular grocery store." At the Millburn store, Leslie Jardine was ready to name names. "This coffee tastes a lot like …
The plant supplies peanut butter products to stores like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Safeway and others.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it has blocked food distribution from the Sunland Inc. peanut butter plant in New Mexico, whose products were subject to a wide recall in recent months because of salmonella contamination. The various types of Sunland peanut butter products – sold under several brands by major food retailers, including Trader Joe's, Safeway and Whole Foods – had been part of a voluntary recall that began in September and later was expanded. The FDA action announced Monday is a mandatory order. The company's peanut butter products have been "linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney that has sickened 41 people in 20 states," the FDA said. The voluntary recall began after salmonella was detected …