The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the FDA and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) infections linked to JEM Raw brand sprouted nut butter spreads.
As of 2 December, eleven people in nine states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) – previously referred to as Salmonella Java. None of the reported cases have required hospital treatment and no deaths have been recorded.
Epidemiological evidence suggests that JEM Raw brand sprouted nut butter spreads are the likely source of the outbreak with 75% of interviewed patients reporting exposure to the products in the week before they became ill.
In response to the findings JEM Raw Chocolate LLC, of Bend Oregon, has voluntarily recalled all sprouted nut butter spreads because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recall covers twelve products that were distributed nationwide through retail stores and mail order between June and November 2015.