Folsom, California, USA - October 19, 2011: Storefront view of a Trader Joe's grocery store with parked cars and shoppers going in and out.  Trader Joe's is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores .The first Trader Joe's store opened in Pasadena, California in 1967 and today there are over 360 stores in 29 states.
You Should Avoid Trader Joe's Sushi. Here's Why
By Stacie Adams
Insider highlights some unique characteristics that make Trader Joe's a hit with many customers, such as efficient checkout lines and affordable prices. Despite lower prices, customers are also privy to quality, but one item is best left on the shelf at Trader Joe's, as it doesn't meet the high standards found in the rest of the establishment.
Trader Joe's features packaged sushi, but the chain doesn't make it at the store (per Reader's Digest), which means quality can be an issue, both in terms of taste and food safety. According to the FDA's "Parasite Destruction Guarantee," sushi-grade fish must be kept within a certain temperature range immediately after being caught to kill harmful parasites.
As explained by CNN, Trader Joe's voluntarily recalled several products, including many types of packaged sushi, due to fears of a listeria outbreak. Fortunately, no one became ill, as the recall was enacted as a safety measure, but this incident does show how important it is to be choosey about your sushi.