The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that a salmonella outbreak caused by an organic line of nut butter has been found to be responsible for the illness of 11 people in nine states.
Health officials are right now busy investigating the connection between JEM Raw Chocolate LLC’s nut butter and this newly reported salmonella outbreak in the country.
According to a press release from the nut butter manufacturer, the company has already initiated a voluntary recall of products of all sizes, sold under the brand name of JEM Raw Organics and packaged in glass jars. You can read the press release by visiting the official website of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Jen Moore, JEM Raw’s CEO and one of the company’s cofounders, said that the company has decided to take these steps as for them consumer safety has always been of maximum importance. Moore added that being a health food company, they have always kept the health of customers their number one priority.
According to the company, so far the Salmonella causing pathogen has not been detected directly in any product marketed by JEM Raw. However, the company also stated that still more investigation is required for announcing that their recalled products are safe. Right now, they are working with the country’s health officials and the FDA for determining the exact cause of this new outbreak.
Eight out of the 11 diseased have been interviewed by health officials. According to information provided by the CDC, six of the patients interviewed had consumed sprouted nut butter from the house of JEM Raw during the week before they started experiencing symptoms.
The age of the 11 people affected ranges between 1 and 79 years. All of them reported experiencing the symptoms between July 18, 2015, and October 15, 2015. However, to date, neither any patient had to be hospitalized, nor any death has been reported relating to this outbreak.
According to Vanderbilt University’s infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner, this appears to be a low-level contamination and the contaminated food item has been distributed widely for a significant period of time. However, he made it clear that the outbreak although not huge, is substantial enough to require proper intervention.