Salmonella Prompts Peanut and Almond Butter Recall
California-based natural foods company nSpired Natural Foods Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of an unknown number of jars of its peanut butter and almond butter due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. The nut butters were produced under the Arrowhead Mills and Maranartha brands, as well as store brands at a number of national chains, including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway.
In all, this recall affects 45 production units of peanut and almond butters. The affected products could be found on the shelves of stores all over the United States and five other countries, and they can be purchased online. The products are often labeled “organic” or “raw,” were packaged in either glass or plastic jars and can be easily identified by their lot numbers and their “Best by” dates, which range between December 2014 and July 2015. That information can be found on top of the lid.
The potential contamination was discovered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during routine testing. They also discovered a possible link between these products and at least four cases in which people had become sick after consuming the product .
This is just the latest in a long series of recalls involving salmonella in peanut butter. In 2012, contamination was discovered in peanut butter being produced by Sunland Inc. That recall ended up covering nearly 300 products containing peanut butter including ice cream, crackers and energy bars. It also sickened 42 people in 19 states. In 2007, ConAgra was hit with the salmonella outbreak from their very popular Peter Pan peanut butter, which made hundreds of people sick. And then there is the largest peanut butter recall in history, in which Peanut Corp. of America produced peanut butter that sickened more than 700 people in 43 states in 2008-2009.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Salmonella is the most cited cause of food poisoning. Salmonella infection in most healthy people leads to mild gastrointestinal problems that go away within a few days. But in some cases the infection can lead to more serious symptoms, including severe diarrhea, serious dehydration and even serious kidney problems, in addition to fever, headache and body aches. In some cases Salmonella infection can be life-threatening, especially for small children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Here is a list of the affected products:
- Arrowhead Mills organic crunchy and creamy peanut butter, 16 oz.
- MaraNatha roasted creamy and crunchy almond butters in regular and organic varieties, 16 oz.
- MaraNatha raw almond butter, 16 oz.
- MaraNatha organic creamy and crunchy peanut butter, 16 oz.
- MaraNatha no-stir creamy and crunchy peanut butter with salt, regular and organic, 16 oz.
- MaraNatha organic creamy almond butter, 8 oz.
- MaraNatha roasted creamy almond butter and organic crunchy and creamy peanut butter with salt, 26 oz.
- MaraNatha no-stir creamy and crunchy almond butter, 12 oz.
- MaraNatha organic no-stir creamy and crunchy peanut butter with salt, 16 oz.
- MaraNatha organic no-stir creamy and crunchy almond butter; MaraNatha creamy maple almond butter, 12 oz.
- Trader Joe’s crunchy and creamy almond butter, 16 oz.
- Whole Foods 365 creamy, crunchy and organic creamy roasted almond butter, 16 oz.
- Kroger no-stir creamy almond butter, 12 oz.
- Safeway open nature almond butter, 12 oz.
In a statement, nSpired Natural Foods is advising consumers not to return the product to the store where they purchased it. Instead, they’re asked to throw away the recalled products and the containers and call the company at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST for a replacement or refund.
If you have any of these products in your home, follow the recall and throw the products out. If you or a loved one have consumed these products, and you have symptoms of illness, contact a medical professional immediately for treatment. Then contact the Foodborne Illness Safety Lawyers at Hill Law Firm for a free consultation, so we can help you protect your rights under the law.