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JEM Nut Spread Tainted with Salmonella

The product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that a brand of nut butter spread that was recalled Wednesday has sickened people in nine states, including New Jersey, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced.

It recommends that anyone who has purchased a spread from JEM Raw Chocolate, LLC should throw it out - noting the product has a long shelf life and may still be in many kitchens. It urged restaurants as well to discard the product.

So far the spread has been identified as the probably culprit in nine states since July. None of them died, and none required hospitalization.

The New Jersey victim was a 19-month-old Bergen County toddler who became ill around Oct. 15, according to Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the N.J. Department of Health. The child was not hospitalized, she said.

The strain, called Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+), has a unique "fingerprint" that allows epidemiologists to match it with cases of food-borne illnesses in different states.

In response, the Oregon-based company recalled all its variations of nut butter spread. The CDC said even if consumers haven't become ill from the contents of any JEM product they may have, they should still throw out the rest.

The products, which are organic, were sold at retail stores nationwide as well as online.

The people who became sick range in age from 1 to 79, according to the CDC.

"In interviews, ill people answered questions about foods eaten and other exposures in the week before they became ill. All eight ill people interviewed reported exposure to a nut butter or nut butter spread in the week before illness onset, and six of these people specifically reported exposure to a JEM Raw brand sprouted nut spread," the CDC indicated in a press release about the voluntary recall.

If you or a loved one has been injured by this, or any Trader Joes' product, legal recourse may be available. Injured parties may be able to recoup damages including, but not limited to medical bills, lost wages and punitive damages. To find out if you are eligible to file a claim, contact our trusted New Jersey personal injury lawyerstoday. 

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