According to a December 31, 2013 press release by the FDA, a voluntary recall by The Cultured Kitchen company of all of the flavors of its non-dairy cashew cheese products is in effect. The Sacramento, California, based company is recalling the products because of a possible risk of Salmonella contamination. The non-dairy cashew cheese products being recalled were distributed at farmer’s markets and natural food stores located in Northern California and Reno, Nevada.
The California areas where the non-dairy cashew cheese products were sold are the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento Valley.
The Cultured Kitchen non-dairy cashew cheese products being recalled because of possible Salomonella contamination are all in 8 oz.-sized containers. This recall is in effect for the following products with expiration dates up to (and including) 4/19/14:
736211709134 Smoked Cheddar 4/19/14 8 oz round.
794504924015 White Cheddar 4/19/14 8 oz round.
794504922714 Herb 4/19/14 8 ounce round.
794504851120 Pesto or Basil Pesto 4/19/14 8 oz round.
794504922813 Habanero Cilantro Lime 4/19/14 8 oz round.
794504922615 Pepper Jack 4/19/14 8 oz round.
The recall went into effect after The Cultured Kitchen company suspected that the raw cashews they used from Southeast Asia might have been tainted with a Salmonella strain found in that region of the world, according to representatives of the company.
What are some symptoms of Salmonella infection?
If you have consumed some of the recalled products made by The Cultured Kitchen and have wondered what the symptoms are of Salmonella infection, they are abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea, which might be bloody. Usually, people get over the Salmonella symptoms within about a week, but occasionally, if a person develops complications, hospitalization might be required. The people who are at the highest risk are those with weakened immune symptoms, the elderly, and infants.
If you have any of these symptoms, you are strongly urged to contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
Consumers who have purchased any of The Cultured Kitchen non-dairy cashew products mentioned in this article within the expiration date ranges should return the product where you bought it for a full refund, or dispose of the product yourself.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that there have been 15 cases of Salmonella reported in connection with The Cultured Kitchen non-dairy cheese cashew products. Of these 15 cases, 12 have been reported in California. No deaths have been reported, but three people have so far been hospitalized as a result of consuming the products.
The Cultured Kitchen initiated the voluntary recall of their non-dairy cashew cheese products which effects the 8 oz.-size containers mentioned above in an attempt to prevent and limit the possibility of consumers contacting a Salmonella infection. The rest of The Cultured Kitchen’s product line is not currently suspected of containing cashews which might be contaminated with Salmonella.
Written by: Douglas Cobb