December 9, 2016

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks 2015: #9 JEM Nut Butters

The ninth-largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2015 was a Salmonella outbreak linked to JEM nut butters.  Eleven people in nine states were sickened by the raw nut butter spreads, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were three cases in Oregon. California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina and New Jersey each reported one case. During interviews with public health investigators. Six people specifically mentioned mentioned eating JEM brand raw sprouted nut butter spreads before they became ill. The outbreak strain, Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+), formerly known as Salmonella Java, does not cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever. But it does causes illness with symptoms including … [Read more...]

JEM is Latest Nut Butter Brand Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

JEM is the latest brand of nut butter to be linked to a Salmonella outbreak.  Eleven people in nine states have been sickened by the raw nut butter spreads, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three of the cases are in Oregon. California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina and New Jersey have each reported one case. Six people specifically mentioned mentioned eating JEM brand raw sprouted nut butter spreads before they became ill. The outbreak strain, Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+), was formerly known as Salmonella Java. Like other Salmonella strains, it causes symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps which usually set in six to 72 hours after exposure and last about a week. Salmonella Paratyphi B … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Nut Butters in 2014

A Salmonella Braenderup outbreak linked to nut butters made by nSpired Natural Foods sickened 6 people in 5 states in 2014. Almond and peanut butter by that company was the likely source of this outbreak, since the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in environmental samples collected from the nSpired Natural Foods facility. The company issued a recall of their products in August 2014. The number of recalled products was huge, and included organic and raw peanut and almonds butters in many varieties, sold under brand names Trader Joe's, Kroger, MaraNatha, Arrowhead Mills, and Whole Foods. The nut butters were packaged in glass and plastic jars. These products have a long shelf life, and some may still be in consumer's homes. Look at the recall list carefully. If you do have these … [Read more...]

Final nSpired Nut Butters Salmonella Outbreak Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released their final update on the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak linked to nSpired Natural Foods nut butters. The outbreak is over. But some people may still have the products in their homes. Check to see if you have any of the recalled items in your pantry. If you do, throw them away in a sealed container immediately. Discard the products even if you ate some of the product and did not get sick. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site along with UPC numbers, package sizes, and product codes. Recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods 365. Products included creamy and crunchy roasted and raw almond and peanut butters and flavored nut butters. The … [Read more...]

Parnell Brothers Taken into Custody

On Friday, September 19, 2014, brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell were taken to the Crisp County Jail in Cordele, Georgia. After conviction last week on multiple counts of mail fraud and other felonies in relation to the 2008 Salmonella outbreak linked to PCA peanut butter, they did not post secured bail. Mary Wilkerson, who was convicted on one count of obstruction of justice, was not jailed. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who represented clients in a lawsuit against PCA, said about Stewart Parnell, "If anybody deserved it, he did. I am not at all surprised he was found guilty given the evidence against him. I don't view Parnell's conduct as any different than poisoning people or drunk driving. My strong suspicion is that this happens much more often than is known." Stewart Parnell was … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Recall

A peanut butter Salmonella outbreak has been linked to peanut butter made by nSpired Natural Foods and sold under brand names including Arrowhead Mills, MaraNathha, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Walmart , Safeway and Kroger and other stores, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people in four states have been sickened, one person has been hospitalized. Health officials used pulsed field gel electrophoresis and whole genome sequencing tests to identify the outbreak strain, Salmonella Braenderup, in the four patients and in environmental samples collected from inspections at nSpired Natural Foods  in January and July 2014. The four case patients, from Connecticut, Iowa, Tennessee,  and Texas, reported onset of illness dates ranging from January 22, 2014, … [Read more...]

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