A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter products because of possible salmonella contamination.

According to a news report in The Associated Press, so far, there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters that were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters.

Also being recalled were some lots of private label almond butter from grocers Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. In California Kroger owns Ralphs stores and Safeway owns the Vons chain.

Approximately 45 production lots have been affected. The products have been sold in the United States as well as the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. The contamination surfaced after routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA officials have said they do not know how many jars of nut butters were recalled.

Salmonella Dangers

There have been a number of salmonella outbreaks in the United States recently including infected peanut butter that made more than 700 people ill in 2008 and 2009. We’ve also seen reports of Foster Farms chicken that has been linked to salmonella infections that have sickened more than 500 people nationwide.

The most common symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. These symptoms typically surface within one to three days of exposure and may last about a week. The risk of infection is particularly high for young children, the elderly and those with compromised or weakened immune systems.

Steps Food Poisoning Victims Can Take

If you have suffered food poisoning, make sure you get prompt medical attention. Demand that diagnostic tests be conducted to determine what type of pathogen caused your illness. Isolate and preserve the food that made you sick in a baggy so it can be examined and analyzed in a laboratory. Keep track of all your expenses and losses.

Injured victims of food poisoning can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an attorney who has experience handling food poisoning cases. The best personal injury law firms will always offer free consultations and case evaluations to victims and their families.