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Salmonella-Laced Nut Butters Spark Nationwide Recall

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A natural foods company is voluntarily recalling many of its nut butters because they may be contaminated with salmonella. According to Reuters, nSpired Natural Foods has received four reports of illnesses associated with its products. The recalled butters include Arrowhead Mills peanut butters, MaraNatha almond and peanut butter, and "private label brands" sold at major grocery stores including Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. The recall extends to stores across the United States, plus Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and the Dominican Republic. nSpired Natural Foods notes that the affected butters were available for purchase online as well.

According to CNN, the company is asking customers to dispose of any potentially affected containers. Salmonella poisoning can result in diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that start between 12 and 72 hours after eating the affected product. Symptoms may resolve themselves, but the infection can spread into the bloodstream — which could result in death.

In 2012, there was a mass recall of peanut butter produced by Sunland Inc. After 42 cases of illness were reported, nut butters were taken off the shelves of major stores and the company eventually filed for bankruptcy. This year has also seen its fair share of large recalls: Just this week, Corona issued a voluntarily recall, and back in May 1.8 million pounds of ground beef sold to restaurants was recalled for being tainted with E. coli.

· Peanut and Almond Butters Recalled [Reuters]
· Peanut, Almond, and Nut Butters Recalled [CNN]
· All Recall Coverage on Eater [-E-]