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DeFranco and Sons Recalls Hazelnuts and Mixed Nuts with Hazelnuts Due to Possible Health Risk

 

Contact:
DeFranco and Sons
800-992-3992

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 4, 2011 - DeFranco and Sons of Los Angeles, CA, is voluntarily recalling bulk and consumer-packaged in-shell, hazelnut and mixed nut products containing hazelnuts because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7). The recall was initiated after the nut products were linked to 7 illnesses in the states of MI, MN, and WI. To-date, no E. coli 0157:H7 has been detected in the nut products; however, we are notifying our valued consumers and customers out of an abundance of caution.

Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection may include abdominal cramps and diarrhea which is often bloody. Most infected people recover within a week; however, some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk for a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which includes kidney failure. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/EscherichiacoliO157H7.aspx.

DeFranco and Sons received the in-shell nuts from suppliers or growers and subsequently distributed the nuts nationwide and to Canada. The affected nuts listed below were distributed between 11/2/10 and 12/22/10.

BrandSizeProductSell By DateUPC
Sunripe1 lbLarge Hazelnuts6/30/11070533 000167
Sunripe1 lbMixed Nuts6/30/11070533 000143
Sunripe2 lbsMixed Nuts6/30/11070533 001003
None - (Sold as "Season's Greetings" Gift Pack)4 lbsMixed Nuts6/30/11070533 101024
Sunripe50 lbsImperial Mixed NutsNoneNone
Sunripe50 lbsSupreme Mixed NutsNoneNone
George Packing50 lbsHazelnutsOnly the products distributed by DeFranco and Sons between 11/2/10 to 12/22/10.

The 50 lb bags of in-shell hazelnuts or mixed nuts with hazelnuts may have been repacked or sold in bulk containers to consumers.

Consumers who think they may have the affected hazelnut or mixed nut products containing hazelnuts should not eat them and are urged to check with their place of purchase to determine if they are subject to the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-992-3992, Monday thru Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Pacific time.

 

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