Recall: Almond and Peanut Butter Brands on Fears of Contamination

peanutbutter2_sizednSpired Natural Foods, part of Hain Celestial Group, is voluntarily recalling some almond and peanut butter products because of possible salmonella contamination. The company said it learned of the risk during routine FDA testing. While they did not comment on how many jars were involved, the peanut and almond butters affected were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters. Also being recalled, some lots of private-label almond butters from grocers Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. As reported on CNN.com, these products were sold in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirites, and through online retailers.

A full list of the products involved in the recall have been posted on the FDA’s website. The company is currently working to remove this inventory from retailer’s shelves and warehouses. Consumers are advised to dispose of any potentially affected nut butters and to directly contact nspired Natural Foods (1-800-937-7008) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CST for a replacement or refund.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, normally healthy people who ingest salmonella-tainted food may show symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within the first 12 to 72 hours. These symptoms are frequently accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains, and can persist for four to seven days. The CDC says that about 48 million people contract some form of food poisoning annually, and salmonella is the top cause of all food-borne illnesses.

The risk is particularly high for children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems according to the CDC, so these individuals should practice extreme caution.

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