NEW YORK (AP) A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.
The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters. Also being recalled were some lots of private label almond butter from grocers Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway. A total of 45 production lots are affected. They were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates as well as the U.S.
The Oregon Food Bank said their network distributed jars of potentially contaminated nut butter to partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens across the state.
The Lake Success, New York, company said it learned of the contamination risk after routine FDA testing.
The Food and Drug Administration said it did not know how many jars of nut butters were recalled. The company would not comment.
Typical symptoms of salmonella infection are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. These symptoms generally develop within one to three days of exposure to the bacterium and may last for up to a week. While anyone can become ill from exposure to salmonella, health officials say the risk of infection is particularly high for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
There have been several major salmonella outbreaks in recent years, including infected peanuts that sickened more than 700 people in 2008 and 2009 and Foster Farms chicken that is linked to a strain of salmonella that has made more than 500 people sick over the last year and a half.
Affected products should be safely disposed of immediately.
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Notice of almond butter, peanut butter recall at all
Oregon Food Bank Network locations
Portland, Oregon - August 20, 2014 - Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of almond butter and peanut butter due to a potential Salmonella contamination.
The product being recalled is in pint sized glass jars with a white label listing ingredients and stating "distributed by Oregon Food Bank." All products with a BEST BY date of July 21, 2015 or earlier should not be used. The BEST BY date is located on the lid of product.
The almond butter and peanut butter was donated to Oregon Food Bank and intended for use in feeding people experiencing hunger. The potential contamination, which was traced to the manufacturing facility prior to donation, was identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during routine testing.
In addition, food recipients may have received peanut butter and almond butter included in the nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. recall. Affected product includes certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged for Safeway, Kroger, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Specific information on this recall is available through the FDA's website.
All recipients of food from the regional food banks and food pantries should check for items received that may be related to these recalls. Affected products should be safely disposed of immediately.
"We are concerned about the health and safety of the people we serve," said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. "All 21 regional food banks have been alerted to this recall. In turn, they are notifying their local partner agencies."
Even though Oregon Food Bank's internal protocols have been enacted, product has been distributed to the public through our agency partners.