April 23, 2018

Final nSpired Nut Butters Salmonella Outbreak Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released their final update on the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak linked to nSpired Natural Foods nut butters. The outbreak is over. But some people may still have the products in their homes. Check to see if you have any of the recalled items in your pantry. If you do, throw them away in a sealed container immediately. Discard the products even if you ate some of the product and did not get sick.

Salmonella bacteria

You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site along with UPC numbers, package sizes, and product codes. Recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods 365. Products included creamy and crunchy roasted and raw almond and peanut butters and flavored nut butters.

The outbreak case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Iowa (1), New Mexico (1), Tennessee (1), and Texas (2). One ill person was hospitalized; no deaths were reported. Illness onset dates ranged from January 20, 2014 to Mary 16, 2014. The patient age range was from 2 to 83 years. Sixty-six percent of ill persons were female.

Investigations by state, local, and federal public health agencies indicated that almond and peanut butter made by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. was the likely source of the outbreak. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup was collected at the nSpired Natural Foods facility during routine inspections in February and July, 2014.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Most people recover within a week and without treatment. But some people can become seriously ill and need hospitalization after a Salmonella infection. If you ate any of the recalled products and have experienced these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. Long term complications of this illness can include arthritis, heart problems, and inflammation of the spine and joints.

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