For Immediate Release
February 5, 2016
Living Tree Community Foods
Living Tree Community Foods of Berkeley, California is recalling Organic Macadamia Nuts and Organic Macadamia Butter, 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), endocarditis and arthritis.
Organic Macadamia Nuts and Organic Macadamia Butter were distributed throughout the US via retail stores (California, Connecticut) and to mail order customers.
Living Tree Community Foods Organic Macadamia Nuts come in a 4 oz, clear plastic pouch marked with lot #153442 on the top. Living Tree Community Foods Organic Macadamia Butter comes in an 8 oz glass jar, with a Living Tree Community label on it. Affected lot #s were 134415, 136215, 101716. The UPC Code is: 641432000987. These items shipped from our facility between 12/11/2015 and 2/03/2016.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after FDA testing done with our supplier, Mahina Mele, based in Captain Cook, Hawaii, revealed the presence of Salmonella in organic macadamia nuts.
Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased 4 oz pouch of Organic Macadamia Nuts and 8 oz jars of Organic Macadamia Butter are urged to not consume and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-510-526-7106. Our hours are from 8:30-4:30 PST, Monday thru Thursday and 8:30-3:00pm PST on Friday.