The Food and Drug Administration issued a press release on their website indicating that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 5,000 lbs. of Turkish Pine Nuts sold in the Bulk Foods department of most Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland between July 1 and October 18, 2011 due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The bulk Turkish Pine Nuts have been linked to an outbreak of illness from Salmonella. The recall only applies to Turkish Pine Nuts sold in bulk. Other pine nuts sold at Wegmans are reportedly not affected.
The recalled Turkish pine nuts were imported from Turkey by Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and were not sold at the company’s Northborough, Massachusetts store, which opened on Sunday, October 16.
The recall was initiated as a result of a multi-state outbreak investigation by the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to Fox News, the CDC claims 42 people in Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia had fallen ill after eating the nuts. New York had the greatest number of cases, with 26 people reported ill, the CDC said.
Wegmans has placed automated phone calls to customers who purchased the Turkish Pine Nuts using their Shoppers Club card alerting them about the recall.
The FDA warns consumers who have purchased this product should discard any that remains in their homes and visit the service desk at Wegmans for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1(800) WEGMANS (934-6267) Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 79-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.