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Oct 15, 2011 12:07 PM

Trader Joe's Ginger and the FDA

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. 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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    1. re: Kitchen Queen

      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

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

        1. re: Jeri L

          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.

    2. 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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      1. re: Bobfrmia

        wonderful news! thanks for letting us know.

        1. re: Bobfrmia

          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 :)

          1. re: Bobfrmia

            "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.

          2. 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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            1. re: betsyg

              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.

              1. re: boogiebaby

                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?