A natural food company is voluntarily recalling peanut butter distributed at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and a number of other grocery outlets; the product is suspected of being contaminated with salmonella.
nSpired Natural Foods, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Hain Celestial Group, learned about the potential risk during routine testing and has already received four reports of illness. Reuters reported.
Some of the recalled products includeArrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, the FDA reported.
Salmonella is an organism that can be a serious threat to human health and even fatal to young children and those with weakened immune systems. It can cause "fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis," the FDA reported.
The company is currently working with customers and retailers to remove and destroy the potentially contaminated products with the listed use-by dates, which are located on the top of the jar lids.
The products were distributed in "the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Dominican Republic," and were available for purchase on the internet.
Consumers who purchased the contaminated product are urged to dispose of it and its container instead of returning it to the store. Those seeking a refund or replacement can call 1-800-937-7008.
"nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is committed to producing the highest quality products and our top priority is the safety of our consumers. For this reason we are initiating this voluntary recall of the products below as a precautionary measure," the company stated in the FDA news release.