American Pecan Co. Issues Recall Over Salmonella Fears

American Pecan Co. of Yancey, Texas, is recalling its one-pound bags of Pecan Pieces, small, medium, and large sizes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The pecans have the potential to be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"">Salmonella pathogen.

The one-pound bags of pecans were sold to walk-up customers at American Pecan’s Yancey, Texas location, as well as to mail order customers in Texas, New York, and Massachusetts. The bagged pecans consist of Ziploc-type bags labeled: “PECAN PIECES (Small, Medium, or Large) Ingredients: Shelled Pecans: Repacked by: American Pecan Co. P.O. Box 151 Yancey, Tx. 78886 Net weight 1-Lb. (16 oz.) 454 g. Might contain Pecan shells.” There are no codes associated with the products. To date, no illnesses have been reported.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the FDA, which revealed that the finished products contained the Salmonella bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the agency and it continues investigating the problem.

The FDA is advising consumers who have purchased one-pound bags of PECAN PIECES to dispose of the products and contact Mr. Rey Elizondo at American Pecan Co. for further instructions, toll-free at 1-800-364-9053. Mr. Elizondo is available 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious, 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. Rarely, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism entering the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

Some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals. Salmonella is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces and is a group of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals, causing contamination when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements involved in food storage.

Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-related outbreaks of stomach illness worldwide and Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.

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