Hazelnuts Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk
Whole Foods Announces Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
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"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