STEEM is a caffeinated peanut butter being sold in retail stores and online. Its makers say that STEEM is made with natural peanut butter and contains no artificial sweeteners. “Oh, and as much caffeine as two cups of coffee, so stick with the normal serving suggestions for the best effect,” they add. According to the…

American consumers lost their innocence about peanut butter when manufacturers of such well-known brands as Peter Pan, Great Value, King Nut, and Organic Trader Joe’s Salted Valencia all failed to remove the Salmonella contamination from their once-trusted products. Peanut butter with spoon in jarPeanuts are grown in fields, along with manure and mud and other materials, so the presence of…

An Oregon veterinarian is waging an educational campaign to inform dog owners about the dangers posed to their pets by xylitol, a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener with one-third the calories of regular sugar that is being used in some nut butter products. http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-doggy-treat-image4693947Dr. Jason Nicholas of The Preventive Vet in Portland, OR, may be making…

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its final update on the Salmonella Braenderup infections linked to nut butters manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods. Six people were infected with the strain of Salmonella Braenderup since Jan. 1, 2014, in Connecticut, Iowa, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. Illness onset dates ranged from Jan.…

Environmental samples taken in July by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors at two different locations within the nSpired Natural Foods Inc. nut butter manufacturing facility in Ashland, OR, tested positive for Salmonella, according to agency inspection reports. The samples were taken at a bakery “during the manufacturing of dried pasteurized almonds lot…

According to an update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since Jan. 1, 2014, four people from four states are reported to be infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup linked to recalled peanut and almond butter products. The bacteria were found during inspections of the manufacturing facility in Ashland,…

Six brands of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The recall, announced Tuesday, includes peanut and almond butter products sold by Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut…

Last month, attorneys for Stewart Parnell said that the former Peanut Corporation of America CEO did not have the mental capacity to intentionally commit multiple felonies, including wire fraud and conspiracy, because he suffers from attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Now, in a motion filed Dec. 4, federal prosecutors say that if Parnell’s attorneys are…