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Peanut & Almond Butter Sold in Health & Grocery Stores Recalled

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Peanut butter is a semi-solid and can therefor...

Peanut butter is a semi-solid and can therefore hold peaks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whether you buy your peanut or almond butter at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or Ralphs, you should throw it out and contact the producer, nSpired Natural Foods Inc., for a refund. After routine testing of nSpired’s nut butters revealed the risk of Salmonella contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that the company would be voluntarily recalling several lots of its products.

The recall affects peanut, almond, and nut butters sold under the following brands: Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods’ 365 label. Four illnesses that may be related to the use of these products have been reported. For a complete listing of recalled items, visit the FDA’s website.

To request a refund or a replacement, contact nSpired Natural Foods Inc. at 1-800-937-7008 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT.

Salmonella causes an estimated 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The onset of symptoms, which include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, occurs 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually persists for four to seven days and does not require medical treatment. In severe cases, however, hospitalization may be necessary and the infection may spread from the intestines into the blood stream, possibly causing death. Individuals with impaired immune systems, the elderly, and infants are more susceptible to severe illness.

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