Wegmans Recalls Pine Nuts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. just issued a recall of about 5,000 pounds of Turkish Pine Nuts over concerns about potential <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella contamination the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.

The recall was initiated as a result of a multi-state outbreak investigation being conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (www.cdc.gov/salmonella). Wegmans is collaborating with the CDC, the FDA, and state and local public health and agriculture officials on this matter.

The recalled Wegmans Turkish Pine Nuts were sold in the Bulk Foods department of most Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland between July 1 and October 18, 2011. Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey imported the recalled Turkish pine nuts from Turkey.

The bulk, recalled Turkish Pine Nuts have been linked to a Salmonella Enteritidis illness outbreak. Using customers’ Shoppers Club card, Wegmans placed automated phone calls alerting impacted customers about the recall Wegmans has placed on the Turkish Pine Nuts.

Consumers who purchased the recalled Wegmans Turkish Pine Nuts should discard any product that remains in their homes and visit the service desk at Wegmans for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1.800.WEGMANS (1.800.934.6267) Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The FDA notes that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 79-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

This recall only applies to Turkish Pine Nuts sold in bulk; other pine nuts sold at Wegmans are not affected by this recall. Also, the recalled Turkish Pine Nuts were not sold at the company’s Northborough, Massachusetts store, which opened on Sunday, October 16.

The most common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—Salmonellosis—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever with symptoms manifesting, usually, within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some patients, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more, severe or chronic illnesses.

Salmonella, can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, and sufferers can be plagued with serious life-long health issues. Salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

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