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Trader Joe's Ginger and the FDA

Bobfrmia Oct 15, 2011 12:07 PM

I buy candied ginger at Trader Joe's. At least I used to. Been out for the last couple months. Today I asked about it. I was told the FDA put a hold of some kind on it. The woman I was talking with didn't know why, but said they had been trying to get it lifted for some time.
Anybody hear anything about this. Google isn't helping.

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  1. Kitchen Queen RE: Bobfrmia Oct 16, 2011 04:54 PM

    I asked about this way back in July....No one seemed to have any answers. The FDA thing is news to me. Too bad 'cuz I LOVED it. I was going to buy some for my friend going through chemo. Too too bad!

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      cwdonald RE: Kitchen Queen Oct 17, 2011 04:37 AM

      The FDA website lists a recall of gingerbread houses from whole foods made by a third party due to the risk of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) food poisoning. Perhaps there is a greater problem with ginger overall.


      1. re: cwdonald
        Jeri L RE: cwdonald Oct 17, 2011 05:43 PM

        Also a common problem with dried produce is undeclared sulfites or undeclared or illegal coloring agents.

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          cwdonald RE: Jeri L Oct 18, 2011 05:42 AM

          There also appears to be a real shortage of ginger worldwide. The australian harvest fell short by 1,000 tons according to one news story I found.

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      Bobfrmia RE: Bobfrmia Nov 4, 2011 09:43 AM

      From Trader Joe's

      Our Trader Joe's Uncrystallized Candied Ginger has been out of stock due to it being on FDA hold for it's naturally occuring sulfites. The FDA controls the amount of sulfites that occur in foods of this nature before being retailed.

      It has recently cleared and is in transit to our warehouse. It is expected to become available to purchase in our neighborhood stores towards the end of this month.

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        AGM_Cape_Cod RE: Bobfrmia Nov 4, 2011 10:07 AM

        wonderful news! thanks for letting us know.

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          MsJunsu RE: Bobfrmia Nov 19, 2011 02:01 PM

          Just saw some at a TJs in Chicago yesterday.. never tried them (used to the korean ones) but maybe i'll pick some up on my next visit :)

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            foodiescience RE: Bobfrmia Apr 10, 2012 11:04 PM

            "Naturally occuring sulfites"???!!! If you are quoting what your supplier tells you then sack them and find someone reputable. Ginger DOES NOT have "naturally occuring sulfites - they are added to the pre process storage solution and only poor quality control producers cant flush it out - if its yellow its had sulfites - case closed.
            Some natural chemicals in ginger will test as a sulfite but well below 10 parts per million - this was blocked by the FDA because it was OVER 10ppm. This was blocked by the FDA because the labelling didnt match the reality. And it will happen again I bet.

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            betsyg RE: Bobfrmia Jan 26, 2012 07:33 AM

            and so that was short lived -- they are out of it AGAIN -- store associates become aggravated when you ask for it and express disappointment -- TJs had been my favorite store but after so many things no longer in stock or no longer available -- it becomes a wasted special trip --

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              boogiebaby RE: betsyg Jan 26, 2012 01:29 PM

              They had tons of it at both the Trader Joes near my house on Tuesday (So. CA) Guess it depends on your local warehouse and delivery dates.

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                Bobfrmia RE: boogiebaby Jan 26, 2012 07:56 PM

                Yes I posted bad information. But it was what they told me.
                The first of December, and again In January, they then told me at the local store the ban had never been lifted.
                My opinion of Trader Joe's, They have terrible customer service, and it starts with corporate having no clue what's going on. Communication is pretty easy these days. Why aren't you all on the same page?

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