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Salmonella Hazelnut Recalls Continue

Dec 30, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Janzen Farms, Dayton, Oregon is recalling hazelnut kernels because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just announced.

The recalled hazelnut kernels were sold in November and December 2009 at Lenny's North, Seattle, Washington and six one-pound bags were sold at the Sunset Produce Stand in Banks, Oregon.

The product is packed in 1=pound plastic bags closed with a twist-tie and with a label reading: "OREGON HAZELNUTS Product of U.S.A., JANZEN FARMS 20555 SE Webfoot Rd, Dayton, OR. Net wt. 16 oz (1 lb)." To date, no illnesses have been reported.

This recall resulted from routine sampling of product by the FDA at the company that shells the nuts and supplies the shelled hazelnuts for Janzen Farms. The supplying company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues the investigation as to what caused the problem. 

Consumers who have purchased the select shelled hazelnuts packed by Janzen Farms in Dayton, Oregon are urged to either return the recalled product to the place of purchase or to discard it. Consumers with questions may contact Betty Janzen at 1-503-868-7353, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

This is not the first recall of potentially contaminated hazelnuts in recent days. We’ve been following the growing issue of potential Salmonella contamination in hazelnuts and have reported—citing the FDA—a growing number of firms recalling hazelnuts due to contamination concerns.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with the Salmonella pathogen often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

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