On December 17, 2009 a recall of all shelled hazelnuts processed by Willamette Shelling from October 12, 2009 through November 25, 2009 was announced. The recall is due to possible contamination with Salmonella. Hazelnuts still in their shells are not affected by the recall.
The nuts listed in the Willamette Shelling recall were labeled under the following brand names:
- Kunze Farms
- Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts
- Canadian Hazelnuts
- Firestone Farms
Willamette Shelling, located in Newberg, Oregon, shells hazelnuts for other hazelnut processors. The recall has trickled down, producing recalls of several brands of packaged hazelnuts, recalls of products containing the shelled hazelnuts, and recalls by several retailers of shelled hazelnuts sold in bulk. The recall affects organic and non-organic, raw and roasted nuts.
In addition to the Willamette Shelling announcement, recalls have been issued by Whole Foods Market, Mountain Man Fruit & Nut Company, Market of Choice, Janzen Farms, and others.
Consumers seeking a refund or replacement should contact the retailers from which they purchased the nuts, rather than Willamette Shelling.
The recall was launched as a precautionary measure after one production lot of the shelled hazelnuts tested positive for Salmonella contamination. Willamette Shelling processed over 600,000 pounds of shelled hazelnuts during the affected time period, but only about 114,350 pounds of the of the nuts left the facility.
Salmonella infection can be fatal in young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Even those who are not at high risk can experience sever symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, and fever. Although rare, there is always the chance of salmonella entering the bloodstream and leading to more serious health problems.
If you believe that you have become ill from eating recalled hazelnuts or any other product that was discovered to be defective or dangerous in any way, please contact the experienced defective products attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, serving clients nationwide.