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Several companies, including Whole Foods Market, have issued recalls of hazelnuts, also known as filberts, because of potential salmonella contamination. To date, no illnesses have been reported in any of the cases.
Whole Foods Market is recalling organic raw hazelnuts that were sold in bulk in its stores in California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The Austin, Texas-based grocer has additionally recalled non-organic dry roasted hazelnuts sold in bulk through its stores in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and non-organic raw hazelnuts sold in bulk through its stores in Oregon and Washington.
Among the other companies that have issued recalls of hazelnuts are the following:
—Dayton, Ore.-based Kunze Farms is recalling 32,950 pounds of hazelnut kernels that were distributed to several processors and wholesalers in Dayton; Milton-Freewater, Ore.; Hauppauge, N.Y.; Mesa, Ariz.; Cottonwood, Ariz.; Seattle; Ogden, Utah; San Antonio; and Parker, Colo. The product was packed in 25-pound cartons under the brand name of Kunze Farms Select Shelled Hazelnuts, and featured the code numbers 289091A or 299091A.
The recall came after routine Food and Drug Administration product sampling at the company that processes the hazelnuts for Kunze Farms. The company has discontinued the production and distribution of the nuts while FDA and the company investigate the cause of the contamination.
—Newberg, Ore.-based Willamette Filbert Growers is recalling 29,861 pounds of shelled hazelnuts and shelled organic hazelnuts that were distributed in Oregon and California through wholesale distributors and direct delivery. Unshelled hazelnuts aren’t subject to the recall. The affected products came in 25-pound corrugated boxes under the brand name Willamette Filbert Growers or Meridian Organic Hazelnuts and labeled with lot code numbers 289091A and 311091A.
After product sampling, salmonella was discovered on one production lot at the facility where Willamette Filbert Grower’s hazelnuts were shelled. As a precautionary measure, Willamette Filbert Growers has opted to recall all shelled hazelnuts and shelled organic hazelnuts processed from Oct. 12, 2009, through Nov. 25, 2009.
—Eugene, Ore.-based Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts is recalling 6,712.5 pounds of raw and dry-roasted hazelnut kernels that were shelled at the Willamette facility. 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 products were distributed in retail and wholesale stores, restaurants, and bakeries in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Oklahoma and New Jersey.