Some peanut and almond butter is being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. 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 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. 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 Associated Press