Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety has asked local retailers to stop selling six brands of peanut and almond butter, after samples were found to be contaminated with salmonella.
The products being recalled, all manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods Inc. of the United States, involve 43 types under the brands Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
“The retailers concerned had stopped sales of the affected products and no such products have been found in other major outlets,” the center said in a statement.
Supermarkets including ParknShop, Wellcome and organic food distributor Green dot dot said they did not sell the affected products, according to Ming Pao Daily.
The US manufacturer said it has recalled the products after receiving at least four instances of people getting ill after consuming the products.
Salmonella, a kind of bacteria, can cause fever and gastro-intestinal trouble such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the Centre for Food Safety. Severe cases, especially among infants and children, can lead to lower immunity and even death, it said.
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