You may never have heard of the company nSpired Natural Foods, Inc., but they produce several peanut and almond butters under names you may have sitting in your cabinets. Yesterday, the company issued a voluntary recall of specific lots of Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods branded nut butters due to the possibility of salmonella contamination.
During routine testing, the FDA discovered the potential for salmonella contamination in several nSpired Natural Foods products and reported this to the company. According to the official FDA recall notice, only four specific cases of illness related to these products have been reported so far.
Affected products were distributed in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the Dominican Republic. They were also available for sale online through various sellers.
A full list of affected products, including UPC codes and Best By Dates can be found here.
If you purchased one of the affected products, the FDA advises that you do not need to return the product to any store from which you purchased it.
Instead, you should dispose of the affected product immediately, and then call nSpired Natural Foods directly at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. CST with any inquiries, or to receive a replacement or refund for your purchase.
According to the CDC, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses every year in the U.S. alone. Of these, an average of 23,000 people end up hospitalized and 450 end up dead due to salmonellosis, the illness caused by salmonella bacteria.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, and typically appear anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after infection. The full course of the illness usually lasts from four to seven days, and many people who suffer it often don’t require medical treatment. More severe cases may require hospitalization, particularly those with severe diarrhea.
Children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are most at-risk for salmonella and other types of foodborne illness. The CDC advises that children under the age of 5 are more likely than anyone else to develop salmonellosis.
The last time a massive peanut butter recall happened was 2012, and it eventually bankrupted the company that produced it.
In unrelated voluntary recall news, Constellation Brands Beer Division—makers of Corona Extra—is recalling six-pack, 12-pack, and 18-pack clear 12 oz. bottles of Corona Extra that match these production codes.
This recall has nothing to do with salmonella, though. These Corona Extra bottles might have some small particles of glass inside, which might hurt you in an entirely different—and possibly more gruesome—way.
We’re glad that these companies are being proactive about these recalls. Be careful when washing down that PB&J with a Corona Extra, everyone.