Many of the American states are at risk of salmonella contamination outbreak after consuming Jule’s Food products.
Multiple States In The USA At Risk Of A Salmonella Contamination Outbreak
In view of this, the company has withdrawn all of its products from the market. Doubts are some of the items that might be having salmonella contamination.
Sickness reported across states
Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a food safety alert after five people reported sickness. It stated salmonella infection of the particular strain had been observed in few states.
Florida has reported one case. Tennessee and California have reported two cases each.
Two patients have been admitted to the hospital. No fatality has been reported so far.
Measures adopted by the company to counter the crisis.
It is presumed that infections spread after the consumption of cashew brie, which is the vegan alternative to conventional cheese.
The California-based food company stated that they had included the expiry date of all the products that are listed on the website of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
They further implied working closely with health officials and terminated all productions till joint investigations are going on with the FDA about the cause of the infection.
Steps taken by the authorities to curb the outbreak.
The FDA has banned selling or serving Jule’s products in any restaurants or retail outlets.
It has further urged people not to consume the products and discard off or return any stock that they might have. Refunds will be issued against such returns.
The challenge lies in the fact that the products were individually distributed to customers or small retailers and stores across 17 American states.
These include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas.
Widespread drives are underway to remove the products from all these states.
Regrets and recalls.
One of the Company’s founders, Julie Van Dam, has expressed regret over the situation, stating that they have a small company with roughly just 600 cheese wheels, and it was extremely unfortunate that these products caused the infection.
Besides working its best to remove all the contaminated products from people’s households, the company has also urged its consumers to discard or return the products. The company has listed all the stores on its website to facilitate the process.
They have welcomed customers who wish to contact them by writing at [email protected] or calling at 310-980-4697 between 9 am to 5 pm.
The products that were taken off from the market are, Jule’s Cashew brie (classic), Jule’s Truffle Cashew Brie, Jule’s Black Garlic Cashew Brie, Jule’s Artichoke Spinach Dip, and Jule’s Vegan Ranch Dressing.
Increased recalls: better supervision, or lack of standards.
Widespread market recalls of food products have seen a sharp hike in the last few years. The USA has witnessed a 10% increase in food recalls between 2013 and 2018. The maximum was reported in the year 2016 with a total of 905 instances.
On the same day, few other brands along with Jule’s Food were listed on the FDA website issuing their recalls. Namely, S&W and O Organic withdrawing their Organic Black Bean and Organic Chili Bean for probable Clostridium Botulinum and Golden Medal mushroom recalling their Enoki mushrooms for Listeria monocytogenes contamination respectively.
Wolfies Roasted Nut Co. has also recalled their Crunchy Cheddar and Jalapeno nuts for the presence of undeclared milk allergens.
Such an increased number of market withdrawals may indicate a heightened rate of contamination occurring in the food industry, but a closer look shows a contrary picture.
Early detection of any potential contamination and vigilant supervision is the primary reason behind such actions.
Hence, it can be safely assumed that safety standards are rigorously adhered to and concerned authorities like the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the FDA are maintaining their vigilance on this sector.