A Salmonella outbreak linked to vegan cheese made from cashews has ended with 20 illnesses and five hospitalizations. Fifteen of the people who developed Salmonella infections after eating Jule’s Cashew Brie lived in California; Florida and Tennessee each reported two cases and one person in Maryland was sickened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the agency’s last update, on May 7, an additional 13 cases were reported.
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Jule’s Foods of Carlsbad, CA issued a recall on April 23, 2021. The cashew brie recall included all varieties of Jule’s Foods products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified cashews as the source of the contamination. The agency did not disclose the name of the cashew supplier for the Jule’s Foods but said the company does not sell cashews to consumers and had contacted its other customers and told them to remove any products containing the nuts from the market. Cashews are tree nuts that can only grow in tropical climates and are not produced commercially in the United States, according to the CDC.
Jule’s Cashew Brie Salmonella Outbreak
The CDC announced this outbreak on April 23, 2021, when five people who had eaten the cheese had developed infections from a rare Salmonella serovar, Salmonella Duisburg. By the time the outbreak ended, illnesses were linked to four Salmonella serovars whose genetic fingerprints matched cultures taken from patients and products. They were Salmonella Chester, Duisburg, Typhimurium, and Urbana.
The people sickened in this outbreak, who ranged in age from 1 to 72, reported onset of illness dates ranging from December 11, 2020, to May 9, 2021. If you or a family member developed a Salmonella infection from contaminated cashew brie and would like a free consultation with an experienced Salmonella lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team. We have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or by completing the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.