(Adds details on recall, company statement)
Aug 20 A natural food company is voluntarily
recalling certain peanut butters and almond butters because
government testing found they may be contaminated with
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
The recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills peanut butters
and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters, as well as some
private-label almond butter brands, including raw almond butter
sold by Trader Joe's, roasted almond butter sold by Whole Foods,
and almond butter sold by Kroger and Safeway.
The products were distributed across the United States,
Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and Dominican Republic,
and were available for purchase on the Internet, the company
Salmonella is an organism that can cause nausea, vomiting
and diarrhea and can be particularly dangerous for young
children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. An
FDA spokeswoman had no additional information on Wednesday.
In its statement, nSpired said it is working with customers
and retailers to remove and destroy possibly affected products
from store shelves and warehouses.
A complete list of affected nut butters is available at
www.fda.gov. The recalled brands have "best by" dates ranging
from December 2014 through July 2015.
The company urged consumers to dispose of the product and
its container and call 1-800-937-7008 for a refund or
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Dan
Grebler and Alden Bentley)