The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are advising the public of a voluntary recall of Arrowhead Mills crunchy and creamy peanut butter after several batches tested positive for Salmonella.

The FDA Advisory 2014-079, posted on the FDA website Nov. 11, says the affected products are Arrowhead Mills Creamy Organic Peanut Butter (16oz.) with Product Code AM47052 and Unit Bar Code 074333470328 with Expiry Dates February 4, 2015; December 31, 2014; and May 14, 2015.

The voluntary recall was initiated by its distributors One Stop Distribution Inc. and Healthy Options Corporation.

According to the FDA notice, the recall involves only the specified batch under the mentioned product codes and no other Arrowhead Mills peanut butter variants and sizes are affected.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications.

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