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Recall Is Precautionary continued...

"These hazelnuts should not be consumed," Whole Foods warns in its statement. "No illnesses have been reported at this time."

Whole Foods says "the potential for salmonella was discovered during a routine product sampling at the plant where the hazelnuts were shelled." It says salmonella can cause "serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems."

Whole Foods customers who have bought the recalled product since Oct. 12 may return the nuts for a full refund, or contact the company at 512-542-0656, or visit its web site.

Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, sometimes bloody, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, according to information on the FDA web site.

Willamette Shelling says it is recalling all hazelnuts processed at its facility from Oct. 12 through Nov. 25, 2009. The company says some of its products were returned to Oregon processors and a Canadian processor, which distributed some of the hazelnuts. It says unshelled hazelnuts are not affected by the current recall.

Willamette says all products subject to recall were packed in 25-pound and 50-pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 296091A, 299091A, 300091A, VH3696BO, and 310091A.

Willamette's announcement on the FDA web site urges processors that used its facility in 2009 to return the products to the company in Newberg, Ore.

Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts of Eugene, Ore., which announced a recall Dec. 18 of 6,712.5 pounds of raw and dry roasted hazelnut kernels, says the product was processed at Willamette.

No action has been taken by the FDA except its posting of press releases from Whole Foods Market, Willamette Shelling and Evonuk. The FDA says it issues such press releases "as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties."

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