The health food manufacturer known as nSPIRED Natural Foods has voluntarily recalled a number of its nut butter products sold under the labels Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha and other private labels. The food packager says that these nut butter products could pose a potential health risk to consumers. The recall announcement relating to the products was posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website on Aug. 19, 2014.
The nut butters affected by the recall include peanut and almond butters packed in either plastic or glass jars. The food manufacturer is concerned that many of these jars have been contaminated with Salmonella virus.
Salmonella Poisoning Can Be Lethal
While the Salmonella organism is not normally lethal to those who come into contact with it, serious infections can result from it and -- in some cases -- those infections can be deadly. Young children, elderly individuals and anyone with a weakened immune system will be especially vulnerable to Salmonella symptoms. Symptoms include fever, nausea, bloody or normal diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. In certain situations, Salmonella has contributed to arterial infections, infected aneurysms, arthritis and endocarditis.
nSPIRED Natural Foods first became aware of the Salmonella dangers following an FDA inspection of its facilities. Routine testing revealed that the company's nut butters posed a threat to consumers. Indeed, at least four illnesses have already been identified and connected to this company's nut butter products.
Consumers Are Asked to Throw Out Affected Products Immediately
Nut butter lovers can visit the FDA's recall announcement to determine if any of their nut butter packages have been affected by this recall. These products were distributed all over the United States and throughout the world, so the recall has a very wide scope. Consumers have been instructed to throw out affected packages immediately, and to contact nSPIRED, instead of the store where they bought the product, for a complete refund and/or replacement.
Any nut butter consumers who have suffered a serious Salmonela poisoning event, or suspect they are suffering from one now, will want to speak with their medical care provider immediately. Those who have suffered serious injury -- or family of individuals who may have died -- after coming into contact with contaminated food products, may also wish to investigate the possibility of seeking financial restitution for damages by way of a defective products personal injury claim.
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