August 19, 2014 — nSpired Natural Foods Inc. has voluntarily recalled peanut butter and almond butter that may be contaminated Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
The products were manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods and distributed to major retailers, including Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.
The Salmonella contamination was discovered during routine testing. Four illnesses have been reported that may be associated with these products.
Products included in the recall:
- Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters
- MaraNatha Almond Butter
- Kroger No Stir Creamy Almond Butter
- Safeway Open Nature Almond Butter
- Trader Joe’s Crunchy/Creamy Raw Almond Butter
- Whole Foods 365 Crunchy/Creamy/Organic Roasted Almond Butter
- Click here for a complete list of recalled products
Peanut Butter Salmonella Recalls
In 2012, Trader Joe’s issued a recall for Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter after the products was linked to 42 cases of Salmonella in at least 18 states. The peanut butter was manufactured by Sunland, Inc.
One of the largest outbreaks of food poisoning in history was linked to peanuts from Peanut Corp. of America. Over 700 people were infected and 9 died from Salmonella between September 2008 and March 2009. Federal prosecutors brought criminal charges against the owners of the company for scheming to manufacture and sell peanuts they knew tested positive for Salmonella.
Salmonella Food Poisoning
Although Salmonella infection is not usually life-threatening, it can be fatal for young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of infection typically include fever, diarrhea (may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, the bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and cause arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
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