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
The JEM Raw recalled products
were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail order. Products
are distributed between June 2015 and November 2015.
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.
Additional details can be found
at www.jemraw.com. Those with questions may
contact JEM Raw Chocolate, LLC at (541) 728-3844 between 9am 4pm PST, Monday
Jen Moore, co-founder and CEO,
said, “We are taking these steps because consumer safety is our top priority.
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
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