The CDC has reported that as of December 3, 2015, a total of 11 people have been sickened with Salmonella in 9 states. States affected by the outbreak include California with 1 case, Colorado with 1 case, Georgia with 1 case, Hawaii with 1 case, Idaho with 1 cases, Illinois with 1 case, North Carolina with 1 case, New Jersey with 1 case, and Oregon with 3 cases. The illnesses that have occurred had onset dates between July 18, 2015 and October 15, 2015. There have been no reports of hospitalization or death.
The cases of Salmonella have been linked to JEM Nut Butters. On December 2, JEM Raw Chocolate, LLC issued a recall of its sprouted nut butter because of this association. The products subject to recall were shipped to retail stores nationwide, and were sold in glass jars which had sizes ranging from 1.25 ounces to 16 ounces.
Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common forms of foodborne illness in America. It occurs when someone consumes contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the illness will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and will include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. IN many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover within a week and without medical attention. However, in those with certain risk factors, such as the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems, the illness may linger or worsen, making medical attention necessary. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.