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Peanut, almond butter recall for possible salmonella hits Whole Foods, Kroger, and others

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A major supplier of nut butters has recalled 45 lots of almond and peanut butter due to possible salmonella contamination. The recalled nut butters were sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Safeway, among others.  

The nSpired Natural Foods label, a unit of the natural foods company Hain Celestial Group, Inc. has issued a recall of several units of peanut butter and almond butter due to possible salmonella contamination. According to the company, four illnesses have been reported in connection to the nut butter recall. 

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The recall affects 45 production units of Arrowhead Mills and Maranartha brand peanut and almond butters, as well as private label nut butter brands manufactured for Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Safeway. The affected products were shipped to stores in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the Dominican Republic. The company said affected products were also available online for purchase.

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The recalled peanut and almond butters were sold in glass and plastic jars. The products can be identified by their lot numbers and “Best by” dates, which can be found on top of the lid. “Best by” dates cover a wide range, between December 2014 and July 2015. 

“Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased,” nSpired Natural Foods said in a statement posted  on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. “Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact the Company at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST for a replacement or refund, and with general inquiries.”

The nSpired almond and peanut butter recall is the latest in a string of high-profile peanut butter recalls over the past few years. In 2012, manufacturer Sunland, Inc. recalled over 71 peanut butter and other nut-based products sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Stop and Shop, and others when a salmonella outbreak linked to its products sickened 35 people in 19 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The federal government ultimately shut down the Sunland facility at the center of the recall.

A list of the recalled products is below. For specific expiration dates and UPC codes, visit the recall notice on the FDA’s website here.

■Arrowhead Mills organic crunchy and creamy peanut butter, 16 oz.

■MaraNatha roasted creamy and crunchy almond butters in regular and organic varieties, 16 oz.

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■ MaraNatha raw almond butter, 16 oz.

■MaraNatha organic creamy and crunchy peanut butter, 16 oz.

■ MaraNatha no-stir creamy and crunchy peanut butter with salt, regular and organic, 16 oz.

■ MaraNatha organic creamy almond butter, 8 oz.

■ MaraNatha roasted creamy almond butter and organic crunchy and creamy peanut butter with salt, 26 oz.

■ MaraNatha no-stir creamy and crunchy almond butter, 12 oz.

■ MaraNatha organic no-stir creamy and crunchy peanut butter with salt, 16 oz.

■ MaraNatha organic no-stir creamy and crunchy almond butter; MaraNatha creamy maple almond butter, 12 oz.

■ Trader Joe's crunchy and creamy almond butter, 16 oz.

■ Whole Foods 365 creamy, crunchy and organic creamy roasted almond butter, 16 oz.

■ Kroger no-stir creamy almond butter, 12 oz.

■ Safeway open nature almond butter, 12 oz.