FDA Recalls Peanut, Almond Butters Tied to Salmonella Risk

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Peanut and almond butter lovers, beware: The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of various brands potentially tied to a salmonella contamination earlier this week.

Which products are being recalled?

nSpired Natural Foods, a unit of Hain Celestial Group, is voluntarily recalling a total of 45 production lots of Arrowhead Mills peanut butters, MaraNatha almond and peanut butters, and private label almond butters sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger. The 45 production lots were sold in the US, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates in both glass and plastic jars.

Routine FDA testing led to the discovery of the contamination, and there have been four reports of illnesses tied to the products in question. For a full list of the recalled products, check the FDA’s official press release.

What are the symptoms of salmonella infection?

Salmonella exposure in healthy individuals can lead to diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain lasting about four to seven days. Symptoms typically begin within 12 to 72 hours of consuming the tainted food. According to the CDC, about 48 million people contract some form of food poisoning each year, and salmonella was the most common bacterial cause of foodborne illness in 2012.

How do you manage the symptoms?

“Maintaining adequate hydration along with a proper balance of electrolytes (e.g. sodium and potassium) is the key to managing the illness,” says One Medical’s Malcolm Thaler, MD. “Most patients with mild to moderate symptoms do not need antibiotics, and they have been shown to make little difference in the course of the illness in these patients; typically, the fever will resolve in two to three days and the diarrhea in seven to 10 days.”

Can salmonella be serious for certain individuals?

According to Thaler, infants less than one year old, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals should be given antibiotics, as should anyone with severe diarrhea (at least 10 stools at day), high fever, or who are unable to maintain hydration with oral fluids, either because of extreme fluid loss from diarrhea or because of severe nausea and vomiting. Many of these patients will require hospitalization as well.

What do I do if I purchased one of these products?

If you purchased any of the products on the recall list, dispose of them immediately and contact the company at 1-800-937-7008 between 8 am and 8 pm CT for a replacement or refund. If you consumed any of the products and are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider.

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