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Food

Nut Butter Salmonella Scare Affects Trader Joe's, Whole Foods And Others

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Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and other stores nationwide are recalling their nut butter products (Photo by Jiri Hera via Shutterstock)
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You might want to think twice before you spread some nut butter on a slice of toast. Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and other stores nationwide are recalling their nut butter products due to a possible salmonella contamination.

nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. issued a release today recalling its Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, as well as private label brands for Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway.

The company said that four people have become ill, and it may be due to these products. The salmonella bacteria can cause serious illnesses, even death among young children and those who are frail or have a weak immune system. Others may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

Trader Joe's emailed their customers to look out for their branded Raw Crunchy Unsalted Almond Butter (for the use-by dates of Dec. 27, 2014 to June 18, 2015) and their Raw Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter (for the use-by dates of Dec. 27, 2014 to July 18, 2015). They've removed all of these products from their stores.

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According to the FDA, these are the other products from private labels that are being recalled:


  • Whole Food's 365 Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. (for the use-by dates of Dec. 24, 2014 to Dec. 26, 2014)
  • Whole Food's 365 Organic Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. (for the use-by date of Dec. 23, 2014)
  • Kroger's No Stir Creamy Almond Butter 12 oz. (for the use-by dates of Dec. 11, 2014 to July 3, 2015)
  • Safeway's Open Nature Almond Butter 12 oz. (for the use-by dates of Dec. 11, 2014 to July 3, 2015)

Kroger also issued an alert for the recall. You can see a list of all the products being recalled on the FDA website here.