More Hazelnuts Recalled Over Salmonella

Three more recalls of hazelnuts have been announced over potential <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

Harry and David Hazelnut Kernels
Harry and David is voluntarily recalling raw, shelled hazelnut kernels that were sold at its Harry & David Country Village store located in Medford, Oregon. Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts supplied the hazelnuts to Harry and David.

The Harry & David Country Village store removed all the raw, shelled hazelnuts supplied by Evonuk from sale on December 17, 2009. This was done in response to a recall issued on December 17, 2009, by Willamette Sheller, Inc., the company that processed the hazelnuts for Evonuk. The hazelnuts affected by this recall were sold as Filbert (hazelnut) kernels in bulk bin #10077 only at the Harry & David Country Village store, Medford, Oregon, prior to December 18, 2009.

No known illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with the hazelnuts.

Consumers who have purchased any of the bulk hazelnuts from the Harry & David Country Village store are encouraged to return them to the store for a full refund.

Kunze Farms Hazelnut
Kunze Farms of Dayton, Oregon is recalling 32,950 lbs. of hazelnut kernels distributed to several different processors and wholesaler’s in: Dayton, Oregon; Milton-Freewater, Oregon; Hauppauge, New York; Mesa, Arizona; Cottonwood, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; Ogden, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; and Parker, Colorado.

The product was packed in 25-pound cartons, under the product brand name of Kunze Farms, “Select Shelled Hazelnuts” Dayton, Oregon with the code numbers 289091A or 299091A. To date, no illnesses have been reported.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling conducted by the FDA at the company that processes the hazelnuts for Kunze Farms. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product while the agency and company continue investigating the issue.

Consumers who have purchased the select shelled hazelnuts packed by Kunze Farms in Dayton, Oregon are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kurt Kunze at (503) 864-2102, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts
Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts of Eugene, Oregon is recalling 6,712.5 pounds of raw and dry roasted hazelnut kernels. After product sampling, Salmonella was found on one production lot at Willamette Shelling, of Newberg, Oregon, the facility where Evonuk Oregon Hazelnut’s hazelnuts kernels were shelled. Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts has recalled all raw and dry roasted hazelnut kernels delivered or shipped by Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts from November 2nd 2009 through December 4th 2009. Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts brand raw hazelnut kernels and dry roasted hazelnut kernels subject to recall include:

* Raw hazelnut kernels packed in 25-pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

* Dry roasted hazelnut kernels packed in 25-pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

* 8-ounce, 2.5-pound, and 5-pound packages of raw hazelnut kernels in clear plastic packages, bearing no lot code and shipped in corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

* 4-ounce, 8-ounce, 2.5-pound, and 5-pound packages of dry roasted, salt free, hazelnut kernels in clear plastic packages, bearing no lot code and shipped in corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

These raw and dry roasted products were distributed in retail and wholesale stores, restaurants and bakeries in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Oklahoma. and New Jersey. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who bought the recalled raw and dry roasted hazelnut products are urged to return the product to their place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Shannon Evonuk at (541) 998-1848, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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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