February 5, 2015 — Whole Foods has issued a recall for raw macadamia nuts due to the risk of Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.
No cases of food poisoning have been reported. The contamination was discovered during routine testing conducted by an FDA-contracted laboratory.
The recalled nuts are packaged in 5.6-ounce plastic tubs and are labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts.” They have sell-by dates of April 22, May 4, and May 6, and a UPC code of 7-23055-21415-3.
The macadamia nuts were sold at Whole Foods Market, Greenlife Grocery, and Harry’s Farmers Market stores in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Customers who have purchased these products should discard it and bring in a receipt for a full refund.
Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children, older adults, and people with frail immune systems. Healthy adults typically experience a few days of fever, diarrhea (may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Most healthy adults recover without suffering long-term side effects. However, the FDA warns about the possibility of rare but serious complications:
“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.”
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