For Immediate Release
November 6, 2015
Firm Press Release
World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling Italian Pine Nuts 2oz and 3oz, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever,diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 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.
Italian Pine Nuts were distributed through retailers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Recalled Italian Pine Nuts can be identified by the following descriptions:
|Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts|
|Brand||Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts|
|Packaging||2oz (57g) Plastic Bag|
|Use By Date (located on back panel)||09.14.2016|
|Batch Code (located on back panel)||15CNP10|
|Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts 3oz|
|Brand||Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts|
|Packaging||3oz (85g) Square Plastic Tub|
|Best Used By Date (located on bottom of tub)||041016, 041716|
The recall was a result of a routine random sampling program by the FDA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and World Variety Produce, Inc. continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts 2oz & Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts 3oz are urged to destroy and dispose of recalled product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-588-0151, Mon-Fri 6:00 AM–6:00 PM PST.