JEM Raw Chocolate, LLC (JEM Raw) of Bend, Oregon announced a voluntary recall of its full line of all nut butter spreads within expiry because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Health authorities, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), Center for Disease Control (CDC) have linked the illnesses to person(s) who have consumed nut spreads, including JEM Raw products. There have been eleven (11) illnesses reported but no deaths or hospitalizations to date.
In light of this investigation, and with an abundance of caution, JEM Raw has initiated a voluntary recall of all products and sizes, packaged in glass jars, and sold under brand name JEM Raw Organics.
The following products are recalled:
|Product Name||Net Weight (oz.)||UPC|
|Cashew Cardamom – Sprouted Cashew Almond Spread||1||6 09728 97861 7|
|Cinnamon Red Maca – Sprouted Almond Spread||1||6 09728 97862 4|
|Hazelnut Raw Cacao – Sprouted Hazelnut Spread||1||6 09728 97865 5|
|Superberry Maqui Camu – Sprouted Almond Spread||1||6 09728 97864 8|
|Cashew Cardamom – Sprouted Cashew Almond Spread||6||6 09728 97860 0|
|Cinnamon Red Maca – Sprouted Almond Spread||6||6 09728 97848 8|
|Hazelnut Raw Cacao -Sprouted Hazelnut Spread||6||6 09728 97857 0|
|Superberry Maqui Camu – Sprouted Almond Spread||6||6 09728 97858 7|
|Cashew Cardamom – Sprouted Cashew Almond Spread||16||6 09728 97854 9|
|Cinnamon Red Maca – Sprouted Almond Spread||16||6 09728 97850 1|
|Hazelnut Raw Cacao – Sprouted Hazelnut Spread||16||6 09728 97851 8|
|Superberry Maqui Camu – Sprouted Almond Spread||16||6 09728 97852 5|
The JEM Raw recalled products were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail order. Products are distributed between June 2015 and November 2015.