The CDC reports a total of 17 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Stanley were reported from three states. Most of the ill people were reported from California (88%). The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: California (15), Nevada (1), and Wyoming (1). 20% of ill persons were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
Collaborative investigative efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicated that raw cashew cheese produced by The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, California was the source of this outbreak. Cashew cheese is a non-dairy product made from raw cashews and other ingredients. On December 31, 2013, The Cultured Kitchen voluntarily recalled its raw cashew cheese due to a risk of contamination with Salmonella.
The recall affected all six varieties of raw cashew cheese produced by The Cultured Kitchen with an expiration date of April 19, 2014 or earlier. Photos of the recalled products are available [PDF – 888 KB].