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Peanut Butter, Almond Butter Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Peanut Butter RecallAlmost everyone loves peanut butter so news of a recall hits close to home. According to the latest statistics, approximately 250,000 jars of peanut butter are produced every day with a large amount of that being consumed by children. Although there is rarely concern when opening a jar, several brands have come into question to include MaraNatha and Arrowhead Mills. In addition to peanut butter, certain brands of almond butter are also being recalled to include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365, Safeway, and Kroger.

At this time, both peanut butter and almond butter products are under a voluntary recall basis because of possible salmonella contamination. If consumed, the public could be at risk. This recall was initiated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after routine testing was performed on some peanut butter and almond butter products being sold. According to nSpired Natural Foods, the product distributor, four reported illnesses were included in their recall notice and while not yet confirmed, there is a possible connection to either peanut butter or almond butter.

What are the Effects of Salmonella?

There are distinct symptoms typically associated with Salmonella poisoning that appear within a few hours to two days. Some of the more common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, chills, fever, diarrhea, headache, and bloody stools. In most cases, the infection lasts between four and seven days although in more severe instances, it can continue for months. However, in younger children, aging adults, and people with compromised immune systems, Salmonella can lead to death.

In most cases, someone infected with Salmonella will present with the same common symptoms but as noted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are rare cases when Salmonella enters the bloodstream and causes secondary problems. These include arthritis and arterial infections, among others.

Specific Dates and UPC Codes Linked to Recall

All the products being recalled are distributed throughout North American, as well as several foreign countries. In addition, the peanut butter and almond butter products were sold online. NSpired Natural Foods is dedicated to producing only the highest quality foods possible and its loyal customers and as such, the company initiated the voluntary recall. Products in question have specific use-by-dates that range from December 4, 2014 through July 25, 2015, along with coordinating UPC numbers located on top of the lid.

Any recalled peanut butter and almond butter products mentioned can simply be tossed out but if consumers have questions, they are encouraged to call nSpired Foods directly at 800-937-7008.

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