A voluntary recall has been issued by a company that supplies products to major specialty and natural food chains including Trader Joes and Whole Foods.According to Reuters, “The company, nSpired Natural Foods Inc., a subsidiary of Hain Celestial Group, has received four reports of illness that may be associated with the products, according to a news release dated Tuesday. The recall was begun after routine U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing found a potential contamination risk.”
Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha nut butters made by nSpired are being recalled due to possible salmonella threats. The affected jars will have expiration dates that range from Dec. 2014 to July 2015.
The Wall Street Journal notes, “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.”
The bacteria in question can cause a week-long illness that can have deadly effects on children and the elderly, as well as those with immune system vulnerabilities. Salmonella symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea -– symptoms that can lead to severe dehydration if improperly managed.
A report by CNN states, “A complete list of products involved in the recall can be found on FDA.gov. The company is working with consumers and retailers to remove inventory from retail shelves and warehouses.”
Fourty-five facilities are implicated in the recall. There is no word yet on exactly how many jars may be contaminated.
The potential for salmonella infection is wide-reaching. Officials note that although the products are primarily distributed throughout the United States and North America, the supplier also ships these items across the globe, in Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the Dominican Republic via online stores.