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Kunze Farms Recalls Hazelnut Kernels because of Possible Health Risks


Company Contacts: 
Kurt Kunze 
Amy Wood, Harvest PR 
503-274-0086, ext 2


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 17, 2009 – Kunze Farms of Dayton, Oregon is recalling 32,950 lbs. of hazelnut kernels because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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), endocarditic and arthritis.

Hazelnut kernels were distributed to several different processors and wholesaler’s in the following areas:  Dayton, OR; , Milton-Freewater, OR; Hauppauge, NY; Mesa, AZ; Cottonwood, AZ; Seattle, WA; Ogden, UT;  San Antonio, TX.; and Parker, CO.

The product was packed in 25 lb cartons, under our product brand name of Kunze Farms, ‘Select Shelled Hazelnuts’ Dayton, Oregon with the code numbers 289091A or 299091A.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling of product by the FDA at the company who processes the hazelnuts for Kunze Farms.  The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem. 

Consumers who have purchased the select shelled hazelnuts packed by Kunze Farms in Dayton, Oregon are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Kurt Kunze at (503) 864-2102, Monday – Friday, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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