Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 5,000 pounds of Turkish pine nuts 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. The nuts are feared contaminated with Salmonella.
The recall was initiated following a multi-state outbreak investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (www.cdc.gov/salmonella). Wegmans is working closely with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state and local public health and agriculture officials on this matter.
The recall is limited to Turkish pine nuts sold in bulk. Other pine nuts sold at Wegmans are not affected by this recall. The recalled product was not sold at the company’s Northborough, Massachusetts store, which opened on Sunday, October 16.
The bulk Turkish Pine Nuts have been linked to an outbreak of illness from Salmonella Enteritidis, an organism which can cause serious and 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. 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. Illness onset is typically 12 to 72 hours after consumption.
Consumers who have purchased this product should discard any 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 (934-6267) Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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