DeFranco and Sons Recall Bulk and Consumer-packaged In-shell, Hazelnut and Mixed Nut Products Containing Hazelnuts

Silver Spring, Maryland–(ENEWSPF)–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 consumers 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.

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.

Brand Size Product Sell By Date
Sunripe 1 lb Hazelnuts 6/30/11
Sunripe 1 lb Large Hazelnuts 6/30/11
Sunripe 2 lb Mixed Nuts 6/30/11
Sunripe 4 lb Hazelnuts 6/30/11
Sunripe 50 lb Hazelnuts None
Sunripe 50 lb Hazelnuts None
George Packing 50 lb Hazelnuts Only the products distributed by DeFranco and Sons between 11/2/10 to 12/22/10. 
Firestorm Farms 50 lb Hazelnuts
Northwest Hazelnuts 50 lb Hazelnuts

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- 993-3992, Monday thru Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Pacific time.

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