KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's Health Ministry ordered the recall of a batch of U.S.-made peanut butter on Monday over fears of salmonella contamination.
The ministry ordered the product's local importer to recall the affected batch, which was flagged by U.S. authorities, Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.
The ministry will also be monitoring entry points into the country for the affected batch of products. Consumers who have purchased the affected products have been asked to avoid consuming them.
The batch was also distributed to other countries including Canada, Thailand, Honduras, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Singapore.
Salmonella is a pathogenic bacterium that can cause foodborne illnesses including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. ■