FDA Confirms Salmonella on Sunrise Commodities’ Turkish Pine Nuts
November 9, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat Turkish pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities, based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, after FDA tests confirmed the presence of Salmonella on the product.
FDA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State public health and agriculture officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. To date, the CDC reports there are at least 42 illnesses associated with the outbreak in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
As part of FDA’s investigation, the Agency collected and tested samples of Turkish pine nuts from a warehouse used by Sunrise Commodities and from a warehouse used by a customer of Sunrise Commodities. Additional testing by the FDA confirmed Salmonella Enteritidis, matching the outbreak strain, was found on FDA's positive samples of pine nuts. FDA's State partners also collected samples of pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities; some of those samples tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis and matched the outbreak strain.
Sunrise Commodities has voluntarily recalled four lots of the implicated product, totaling more than 21,000 pounds of pine nuts. Each lot was packed in 22-pound boxes and included the markings:
Warehouse Lot 27963 with the identifying code “PO#: 50165”
Warehouse Lot 29628 with the identifying code “PO#: 50558”
Warehouse Lot 27713 with the identifying code “PO#: 49595”
Warehouse Lot 27427 with the identifying code “PO#: 50032”
Wegmans Food Markets, one of the companies that received Turkish pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities, recalled the product from their stores on October 26, 2011. As the investigation continues, additional recalls may take place.
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