February 22, 2019

Do You Have These Nut Butters in Your Pantry?

Recently there has been a spate of nut butter recalls for Listeria monocytogenes. These products usually have a very long shelf life, so there's a good chance that some of these products are in pantries around the country. There is zero tolerance for Listeria contamination in ready to eat products because the bacteria cause such serious illness, and because the consumer doesn't heat the product, which would kill the pathogens, before eating. No illnesses have been reported in any of these recalls. These are the recalls that have been issued since December 2018: Inspired Organics recalled their Organic Sunflower Butter for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination on December 11, 2018. Testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found the pathogen … [Read more...]

Four Arizona Children Sickened with E. coli O157

Four children in Arizona are sickened with E. coli O157 infections that "appear to be linked" to soynut butter-containing products from "The SoyNutButter Company," according to a news release from the Arizona Department of Health. The Arizona Department of Health Services is recommending that consumers avoid eating "I.M. Healthy" brand soynut butter and soynut butter-containing products. Dr. Cara Crist, director of the department, said in a statement, "Our disease detectives are working on the state and local level to rapidly identify the source of this outbreak. As we determine suspected food sources that may be linked to E. coli, our state lab will test those products to determine if there’s a match." The four children who are sick in Arizona live in Maricopa and Coconino … [Read more...]

Salmonella outbreak linked to JEM Nut Butter Spreads

A Salmonella outbreak has been linked to nut butter spreads produced by JEM Raw Chocolate of Bend, Oregon.  At least 11 people have been sickened. The company is recalling its full line of nut butter spreads which are packaged in glass jars, and sold under brand name JEM Raw Organics. They were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail order between June 2015 and November 2015. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness and death. The recalled products include: 1 oz sizes of: Cashew Cardamom - Sprouted Cashew Almond Spread with UPC 6 09728 97861 7; Cinnamon Red Maca - Sprouted Almond Spread with UPC 6 09728 97862 4; Hazelnut Raw Cacao - Sprouted Hazelnut Spread with UPC 6 09728 97865 5; Superberry Maqui Camu … [Read more...]

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