Janzen Farms, Dayton, Oregon is recalling hazelnut kernels because the product 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), endocarditic and arthritis.
Hazelnut kernels were sold in November and December 2009 at Lenny’s North, Seattle, WA and six 1 lb. bags were sold at the Sunset Produce Stand in Banks, OR.
The product is packed in 1 lb plastic bags closed with a twist-tie, with a label reading: “OREGON HAZELNUTS Product of U.S.A., JANZEN FARMS 20555 SE Webfoot Rd, Dayton, OR. Net wt. 16 oz (1 lb)”.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
This recall resulted from routine sampling of product by the FDA at the company which shells the nuts and supplies the shelled hazelnuts for Janzen Farms. The supplying company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased the select shelled hazelnuts packed by Janzen Farms in Dayton, Oregon are urged to return it to the place of purchase or discard it. Consumers with questions may contact Betty Janzen at 503-868-7353, Monday – Friday, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.