Monday, March 7, 2011

Feds link 7 cases of E. coli across 3 states to hazelnuts -

Feds link 7 cases of E. coli across 3 states to hazelnuts -

A California company has recalled hazelnuts sold in bulk, individual containers and as part of mixed-nut packages sold throughout the United States and Canada due to possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

Products containing in-shell hazelnuts from DeFranco and Sons have been linked to seven cases of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the federal agency said Saturday.

The hazelnuts involved in the recall were distributed between November 2 and December 22 after which they were sold in one-pound packages, in open bins in grocery stores or as part of two-pound or four-pound packages of mixed nuts, according to an FDA statement. It is possible, too, that in-shell hazelnuts that were once part of 50-pound packages from DeFranco and Sons were divvied up in some other way and sold.

Those with questions about this recall can call DeFranco and Sons at 1-800-992-3992 between 2and 4 p.m. PT Mondays-Fridays, the company said. The FDA also fields calls about nut safety at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

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