We wanted to give you all a head’s up about this important recall, because peanut butter and nut butters are a frugal staple in nearly every home as many strive to feed their families affordable, healthy, proteins – it just comes with the territory. In addition, this is a food that is very often consumed by our sweet children, who are at a higher risk of getting very sick due to their small size.
They are also sold at very popular nationwide stores, so many thousands could be affected!
What is recalled and where?
The affected products include Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters sold under the Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway brands.
These particular brands and products may have been contaminated with salmonella.
If you would like to see the complete list of products affected, then you can see this list on the FDA.gov site.
What is “salmonella”?
It is a food poisoning caused by infection with salmonella bacterium.
According to this CNN report: ” The CDC reports that people in a normal state of health who ingest Salmonella-tainted food may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, which typically begin within 12 to 72 hours. This may be accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains.
These symptoms may last about four to seven days and then go away without specific treatment, but left unchecked, Salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and beyond. It can cause death if the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.
Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune symptoms should practice extreme caution.”
What to do now?
Fortunately, the company will be refunding or replacing your purchase. Contact the company directly at 1-800-937-7008 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT for a replacement or refund. Then throw out the peanut or nut butter so that you don’t risk accidental ingestion for anyone in your home!
Do you have any of these in your home? What do you plan to do?
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