Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a food producer and distributor, recently announced a recall for a variety of peanut and almond butter products. These products are commonly sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and other grocery stores, with brand names including MaraNatha Peanut Butters and Almond Butters, Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, and other private label name brands for Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Kroger and Whole Foods.
According to Hain Celestial Group, at least four illnesses may have been related to the products, one of which is salmonella contamination. This recall comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) performed some routine testing on Hain’s products and discovered the contamination risk. The FDA did not know how many jars of butters were recalled, and so far, the Hain Celestial Group has declined to comment on the matter.
What is known is that Hain’s products are sold in countries beyond just the United States, including Canada, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic and the United Arab Emirates. It’s difficult to say without more information about the size of the recall how many of these locations may be affected by the potential contamination.
Anyone who suffers lasting illness after eating one of the affected products may consider filing a product liability lawsuit against Hain Celestial Group. While the company has already admitted to the potential contamination, those taking legal action against Hain would need to prove that their contaminated products caused the illness in order to receive compensation for medical costs, missed work wages and other damages that may have resulted.
If you recently purchased and used nut butter that has since been recalled and suffered from salmonella-like symptoms after eating it, or if you sustained an injury or illness after using another potentially defective product in New York City, consult an attorney to explore your legal options.