You may have already heard, but there has been a very large Almond Butter recall that most likely effect you IF you are one to purchase and consume Almond Butter, even if it is from a discount grocery store, be aware, some discount grocers may not be aware of the recall and could be still selling contaminated Almond Butter in their stores. Discount grocers often get their goods from a number of locations nationwide and therefore could be selling contaminated Almond Butter from Trader Joes, Whole Foods, even Kroger brands.
According to chron.com, in a news article dated August 20, "Several types of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled by manufacturers according to a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall includes some almond butters from high end supermarkets Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. All the jars were produced by Spired Natural Foods and sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha. The firm also makes almond butter sold under private labels of Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway.
The F.D.A. says the potential risk was discovered during routine testing of products. The notice also reveals that four people have come forward complaining of illness associated with the peanut and almond butters. According to the F.D.A., salmonella is "an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems." Infection with salmonella can at the very least cause nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain.
Jars affected can be identified by checking the sell by date on the top of the lid. Potentially contaminated jars have sell by dates ranging from December 2014 to July 2015. Some jars of Whole Foods 365 Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. and Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. are included, as are some jars of Trader Joe's Crunchy Raw Almond Butter 16 oz.
The recall totals more than 40 different types of peanut and almond butters, which is a long list and can be viewed in full here. See if your brand is on the list, and if so, take it back to the store for a full refund and refuse to consume the product per your safety.