Almost everybody loves a good old-fashioned PB and J. However, Canadians should be aware that a peanut butter recall has removed one brand from the shelves. The product may be contaminated with listeria.
The brand of spread, Nuts 'N More, originated from a company in Rhode Island. However, it is also imported and distributed by Nutrition Excellence Canada, who issued a simultaneous company recall.
Listeria was discovered in the company's product through routine testing.
The nut butter in question is any 454-gram container of plain peanut spread with the UPC code 6 09132 00242 7, LOT number PB91, and an expiration date of 03/04/2021.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has warned consumers not to use this spread if they have it in their home. It should either be thrown out or returned for a refund.
The agency is also making sure that this particular peanut butter is fully removed from store shelves.
The recall was triggered by Nuts 'N More in the United States, with a statement posted on the Food And Drug Administration website. Production and distribution have stopped as an investigation continues.
According to the CFIA, listeria may not be immediately evident, as products may not look or smell like they've gone bad. However, they can still make you seriously ill.
Symptoms include "vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness."
Pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems carry a higher risk. In some cases, the foodborne bacteria can be fatal.
As of February 11, no illnesses related to the consumption of Nuts 'N More peanut butter have been reported.
The CFIA urges people to contact their doctor if they think consuming a recalled product has made them sick.