Contaminated cashews are the source of the Jule’s Cashew Brie Salmonella outbreak, according to the latest update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Health officials have also discovered that two Salmonella strains are associated with the outbreak- Salmonella Duisburg and Salmonella Urbana.
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Jule’s Cashew Brie Salmonella Outbreak
Cashew brie is a plant-based cheese alternative. As of May 7, 2021, seven people from three states have been sickened in this outbreak. Three of them have been hospitalized. The patients, four from California, two from Florida, and one from Tennessee; range in age from 23 to 72 years old. During interviews with health officials, two-thirds of them reported eating Jule’s cashew brie before they became ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
State health departments in California and Tennessee collected and tested the cheeses and found various strains of Salmonella. Using Whole Genome Sequencing they identified that the genetic fingerprint of the Salmonella Urbana in Jule’s truffle cashew brie, matched the fingerprint of the outbreak strain, the Salmonella Urbana cultured from the people who got sick. Samples of raw cashews collected from unopened containers at the Jule’s Foods facility also tested positive for the outbreak strain.
The CDC has not identified Illnesses associated with the other strains at this time.
On April 23, 2021, Jule’s Foods of Carlsbad, CA issued a cashew brie recall for all varieties of Jule’s Foods products. The company’s cashew supplier told the FDA that it had contacted its other customers and told them to remove any products containing the nuts from the market. The company does not sell cashews to consumers. The FDA did not release its name.
Symptoms of a Salmonella Infection
The CDC believes the number of people sickened in this outbreak is greater than the number of cases reported. Anyone who has eaten Jule’s cashew cheese should monitor themselves for symptoms of a Salmonella infection which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. If you ate these products and develop these symptoms, contact your doctor and mention your exposure to Salmonella.
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