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Nut butter recalls

Nut butter recalls

The company nSpired Natural Foods Inc. has recalled 43 batches of peanut and other nut butters because of possible contamination with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week.

The FDA said it brought the problem to the attention of nSpired Natural Foods after routine testing. Four illnesses were reported to be associated with these butters.

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The butters, available online and in stores, were sold under various names, including Arrowhead Mills Organic, MaraNatha peanut and almond butters, as well as almond butter store brands from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger.

Some customers in Massachusetts probably bought them.

“Since the products are sold nationally it is likely that they are available in the state of Massachusetts,” a company representative said in an e-mail, adding that the problem has been resolved.

“We are confident that precautionary measures, which were taken voluntarily out of an abundance of caution, were a necessary response to the situation,” he said in the e-mail.

Most of the batches had use-by dates ending next spring or summer. Batch numbers are available on the FDA website (www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm410533.htm).

Salmonella, a bacteria, can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases it can lead to more serious illness or even death, particularly in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. K.W.

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