Hazelnuts Recalled Over SalmonellaDec 18, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP Willamette Shelling of Newberg, Oregon has issued a recall of Hazelnuts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.
Williamette Shelling recalled 114,350 pounds of Shelled Hazelnuts because of possible Salmonella contamination. Willamette Filbert Growers, also of Newberg Oregon, is recalling 29,861 pounds of Shelled Hazelnuts and Shelled Organic Hazelnuts, for the same reason.
According to the FDA, Salmonella poisoning is known to cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea—which may be bloody—nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Should the pathogen enter the bloodstream, severe illnesses can occur including arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
After product sampling, Salmonella was found on one production lot. To ensure consumer safety, Willamette Shelling recalled all of its shelled Hazelnuts processed at its facility from October 12th 2009 through November 25th 2009. Hazelnuts subject to the recall were shelled at Willamette Shelling's facility on behalf of hazelnut processors. Shelled Hazelnuts processed by Willamette Shelling were returned to Oregon processors and a Canadian processor, and were further distributed by those firms. Unshelled hazelnuts are not affected by this recall.
All products subject to the recall of 114,350 pounds of Shelled Hazelnuts were packed in 25-pound and 50-pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 296091A, 299091A, 300091A, VH3696BO, and 310091A. Those corrugated boxes bore the following brand names: Kunze Farms, Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts, Canadian Hazelnuts, and Firestone Farms.
Shelled Hazelnuts and Shelled Organic Hazelnuts involved in the 29,861-pound recall were distributed in Oregon and California through wholesale distributors and direct delivery. Unshelled hazelnuts are not subject to this recall. All products subject to recall were packed in 25 pound corrugated boxes bearing Willamette Filbert Growers or Meridian Organic Hazelnuts labeled with lot code numbers 289091A and 311091A.
To date, no illnesses have been reported.
Hazelnut processors who used Willamette Shelling's facility in 2009 are urged to return the product to Willamette Shelling. Consumers with questions may contact Ben Mitchell at (503) 538-9256, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.