Whole Foods Market Recalls Bulk Peanut Products: Salmonella

CONTACT: CLAIRE GROSS (678) 638-5847

WHOLE FOODS MARKET IS RECALLING ALL CODE DATES OF THE FOLLOWING BULK ITEMS BECAUSE THEY MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE CONTAMINATED WITH SALMONELLA:

SALMONELLA IS 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.

THE FOLLOWING RECALLED BULK ITEMS ARE:

UPC 222422 BULK HONEY ROASTED PEANUTS (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 222424 BLANCHED RAW PEANUTS* (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 222425 DRY-ROASTED SALTED PEANUTS (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 222426 DRY-ROASTED UNSALTED PEANUTS (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 222430 OIL ROASTED SALTED SKINLESS PEANUTS (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 222432 SALTED REDSKIN PEANUTS (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 222436 RAW SPANISH PEANUTS (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 8782 HONEY ROASTED PEANUT BUTTER STOCK* (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 9138 UNSALTED PEANUT BUTTER STOCK* (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS) UPC 9141 ORGANIC PEANUT BUTTER STOCK* (SOLD BY THE POUND FROM SELF-SERVICE BULK BINS)

    ITEMS NOTED WITH A (*) ARE PEANUTS USED IN SELF-SERVE NUT GRINDERS.

UPC 72305520422 PRE-PACKED HONEY ROASTED PEANUTS UPC 72305520424 PRE-PACKED BLANCHED RAW PEANUTS UPC 72305520425 PRE-PACKED DRY ROASTED SALTED PEANUTS UPC 72305520426 PRE-PACKED DRY ROASTED UNSALTED PEANUTS UPC 72305520430 PRE-PACKED OIL ROASTED SALTED SKINLESS PEANUTS UPC 723055 20432 PRE-PACKED OIL ROASTED SALTED REDSKIN SPANISH PEANUTS UPC 72305520436 PRE-PACKED  RAW SPANISH PEANUTS UPC 72305521422 PRE-PACKED 8-OZ HONEY ROASTED PEANUTS UPC 72305521424 PRE-PACKED 8-OZ. BLANCHED RAW PEANUTS UPC 72305521426 PRE-PACKED 8-OZ. DRY ROASTED UNSALTED PEANUTS UPC 72305521430 PRE-PACKED  8-OZ. OIL ROASTED SALTED SKINLESS PEANUTS UPC 72305521432 PRE-PACKED 8-OZ. SALTED REDSKIN PEANUTS UPC 72305521436 PRE-PACKED 8-OZ. RAW SPANISH PEANUTS

“PRE-PACKED” DENOTES PRE-PACKAGED PEANUTS (CLEAR CLAMSHELL CONTAINERS FROM BULK PACKING FACILITY)

THIS ACTION WAS TAKEN AS A RESULT OF THE RECENTLY EXPANDED RECALL BY PEANUT CORPORATION OF AMERICA (PCA) TO INCLUDE ALL PEANUT INGREDIENTS PRODUCED IN THEIR BLAKELY, GEORGIA FACILITY, IN TURN AFFECTING WHOLE FOODS MARKET SUPPLIER FOR BULK PEANUTS.  NONE OF THE RECALLED WHOLE FOODS MARKET PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE SALMONELLA OUTBREAK, AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO ILLNESSES REPORTED. THE RECALLED PRODUCTS WERE SOLD IN WHOLE FOODS MARKET STORES LOCATED IN ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON D.C., WISCONSIN, TORONTO, ON. CUSTOMERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RETURN ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS TO WHOLE FOODS MARKET OR HARRY’S FARMERS MARKET FOR A FULL REFUND.

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