Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to nut butter

| September 2, 2014

peanut butterThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infection that has been linked to consumption of nut butter products manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods Inc.

To date, four cases of infection with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been recorded since 1st January in four different states and one person has been hospitalised. The link with nut butter was established when S. Braenderup was isolated from environmental samples at nSpired Natural Food’s manufacturing facility in Ashland, Oregon.

Genetic sequencing of the environmental isolates has revealed that they are identical to the outbreak strain. Three of the people affected reported eating peanut or almond butter brands produced by nSpired Natural Foods.

The company has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Arrowhead Mills® brand peanut butters, MaraNatha® brand almond and peanut butters and some private label products. All the recalled nut butters are packed in 16-oz glass or plastic jars and they have been exported to Canada and several other countries as well as distributed nationally in the USA and sold on the Internet.

More information about the outbreak investigation can be found here.

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