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CDPH Warns Consumers Not To Eat Certain Hazelnuts 

Date: 3/4/2011 

Number: 11-014 

Contact: Al Lundeen, Michael Sicilia (916) 440-7259 


Dr. Howard Backer, interim director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned people not to eat certain hazelnuts distributed by DeFranco and Sons from Los Angeles, because the nuts may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli). The company’s voluntary recall was initiated after the hazelnuts were linked to seven illnesses, including one in Michigan, three in Minnesota and three in Wisconsin. 

The hazelnuts affected by the recall were sold under the brand names Sunripe, George Packing, Firestone Farms, and Northwest Hazelnut. They were distributed nationwide from Nov. 2 to Dec. 22, 2010. Consumers are advised that the large bags of hazelnuts and mixed-nuts with hazelnuts (50 lbs.) may have been repacked or sold from bulk containers to consumers. 

Consumers who have hazelnuts or mixed nut
products containing hazelnuts identified by this recall should discard them. Consumers are urged to check with retailers to determine if the hazelnuts or mixed nut products containing hazelnuts are subject to the recall. 

People who develop symptoms after consuming hazelnuts should seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of E. Coli infection may include abdominal cramps and diarrhea which is often bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some, however, 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, which includes kidney failure.

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Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.

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