Recall alert: Jule’s Foods recalled amid salmonella risk, hospitalizations

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Jule’s Foods is voluntarily recalling all of the Carlsbad, California-based company’s products amid potential salmonella contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confirmed a multistate salmonella outbreak linked to at least one Jules’s Foods product currently spanning three states. A total of five salmonella cases linked to the company’s plant-based cheese alternative, Jule’s Cashew Brie, have been confirmed in California, Tennessee and Florida, resulting in two hospitalizations. The product was also distributed in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas but “could have been distributed further, reaching additional states,” the FDA stated.

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The company stated in the voluntary recall that it is cooperating with the joint FDA-U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation to “isolate the source of the pathogen in samples which were collected by the California Department of Public Health.”

The broader voluntary recall includes the following products:

Jule’s Cashew Brie (Classic) - UPC: 860388001507 - all expiration dates

Jule’s Truffle Cashew Brie - UPC: 860388001514 - all expiration dates

Jule’s Black Garlic Cashew Brie - UPC: 860388001552 - all expiration dates

Jule’s Artichoke Spinach Dip - UPC: 860388001569 - all expiration dates

Jule’s Vegan Ranch Dressing - UPC: 860388001521 - all expiration dates

Products were primarily distributed to independently owned grocery stores in the 17 states listed, the recall notice stated. A full list of stores is available at www.JulesFoods.net.

According to the CDC, the most common symptoms reported within 12 to 72 hours of consuming salmonella-tainted products include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Although most people recover without medical treatment, more severe cases – which are rare – can require hospitalization.

Consumers are asked to not consume the products and to dispose of the products or return to the place of purchase for a full refund. The company can be contacted via email at jules@julesveganfoods.com or by calling (310) 980-4697 between noon and 8 p.m. EDT.

The FDA also recommends that anyone who received or suspects having received recalled Jule’s brand products “use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination,” including cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators and storage bins.