Food Safety Alert: Nationwide Recall of Salmonella-Contaminated Peanut and Almond Butter

A nationwide recall of certain peanut and almond butters has been issued due to Salmonella contamination. Is the nut butter in your kitchen safe?

In late August, nSpired Natural Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled peanut and almond butters produced under the Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha brand names. In addition, numerous grocery store brand peanut and nut butters are affected.

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Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger, and Safeway have all issued recalls for their store-brand almond butters. Potentially contaminated products have also been shipped to Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Dominican Republic and sold online, as well.

Four people have become sick with Salmonella due to contaminated nut butters, so it’s important to check peanut and almond butters in your home to ensure they are not part of this recall.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause a potentially deadly foodborne illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, chills, and headache. In healthy people, those symptoms usually subside on their own, but in the very young, elderly, or immunocompromised, infections may be more severe and require medical assistance or hospitalization.

You can find a list of affected products from the FDA here and the CDC investigation notice here.

If you believe you purchased a recalled product, do not eat it. Either return the nut butter to the store for a refund or dispose of it. If you are concerned that you may have eaten contaminated nut butter, or have contracted Salmonella poisoning, contact a healthcare provider immediately.

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