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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley Infections Linked to Raw Cashew Cheese (Final Update)

This outbreak appears to be over. However, Salmonella is an important cause of human illness in the United States. More information about Salmonella, and steps people can take to reduce their risk of infection, can be found on the CDC Salmonella Web Page.

Recall

On December 31, 2013, The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, California recalled all six flavors of its raw cashew cheese due to a risk of contamination with Salmonella. The recall affects products with an expiration date of April 19, 2014 or earlier. The cashew cheese products were sold in eight-ounce plastic containers in the following flavors: Herb, smoked cheddar, pepper jack, habanero cilantro lime, basil pesto and white cheddar. Photos of the recalled products are available.

Consumers who have the recalled product should not eat it. Consumers can return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund or discard it.

Recalled raw cashew cheese

Recalled raw cashew cheese

Advice to Consumers

Raw cashew cheese has a long shelf life.

  • Cashew cheese is a non-dairy product made from raw cashews and other ingredients.
  • This product has a long shelf-life, and contaminated product may still be in people’s homes.

Raw cashew cheese has been recalled.

  • The recall affects products with an expiration date of April 19, 2014 or earlier.
    • Photos of the recalled products are available.
    • The cashew cheese products were sold in eight-ounce plastic containers in the following flavors: Herb, smoked cheddar, pepper jack, habanero cilantro lime, basil pesto and white cheddar.

What to do if you have the recalled raw cashew cheese in your home.

  • Consumers who purchased the recalled raw cashew cheese should not eat it or serve it to others.
    • This is especially important for children under the age of 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
  • Discard the product immediately, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
  • Even if some of the raw cashew cheese has been eaten without anyone becoming ill, the rest of the product should be discarded or returned.
  • The product should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag and placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent other people or animals from eating it.

Contaminated raw cashew cheese may make people sick.

  • Persons who think they might have become ill from eating contaminated raw cashew cheese should consult their health care providers.
    • Symptoms of salmonellosis include: 
      • Diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.
      • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.
      • See Signs and Symptoms for more information.

Retailers, restaurants, and food service operators should not sell or serve the recalled raw cashew cheese.

 

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