JEM Raw Chocolate, LLC is voluntarily recalling its full line of all nut butter spreads due to a potential Salmonella contamination.
The following products that were distributed to retail stores through mail between June and November are being recalled:
JEM Raw is working with distributors and retailers to remove these products from retail shelves. Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers should discard any product and its container. JEM Raw will work directly with each consumer to manage replacement of its product.
"We are taking these steps because consumer safety is our top priority," CEO and co-founder, Jen Moore said. "As a health food company, our customer's health is our number one priority. Although no JEM Raw products have tested positive for Salmonella, we feel strongly that issuing a voluntary recall is the right thing to do. JEM is working closely with the FDA, ODA, and OHA to determine the root cause of the outbreak."
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weak immune systems.
Healthy people can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Rare circumstances with Salmonella infections can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
Health authorities have linked these illnesses with people who have consumed nut spreads that include JEM Raw products.
There have been 11 reported illnesses, but no deaths or hospitalizations so far.
Additional details can be found at www.jemraw.com.