Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, others recall nut butters following salmonella scare

BY Anya van Wagtendonk  August 20, 2014 at 2:52 PM EST
Photo by Flickr user Dan McKay

Store brands of nut butters made by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc., are being recalled due to a possible salmonella contamination. Photo by Flickr user Dan McKay

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are among the major American retailers affected by a nut butter recall following a salmonella risk announced Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

nSpired Natural Foods, Inc., which produces peanut and almond butters for store brands including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway, voluntarily recalled certain lots of their product after receiving reports of possible salmonella contamination.

Also affected were the private Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha brands.

Salmonella bacteria can cause abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in healthy people, according to the FDA. It can lead to serious and even fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly.

The company has received reports of four illnesses potentially linked to their products.

A full list of the impacted brands can be found on FDA’s website.