Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts Recalls Raw, Dry Roasted Hazelnut Kernels

Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts of Eugene, Ore., is recalling 6,712.5 lbs. of raw and dry roasted hazelnut kernels because they have 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.

After product sampling, Salmonella was found on one production lot at Willamette Shelling, of Newberg, Ore., the facility where Evonuk Oregon Hazelnut's hazelnuts kernels were shelled. Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts has decided to recall all raw and dry-roasted hazelnut kernels delivered or shipped by Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts from Nov. 2, 2009 through Dec. 4, 2009.

Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts brand raw hazelnut kernels and dry-roasted hazelnut kernels subject to recall include:

  • Raw hazelnut kernels packed in 25 pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.
  • Dry roasted hazelnut kernels packed in 25 pound corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.
  • Eight ounce, 2.5 pound, and 5 pound packages of raw hazelnut kernels in clear plastic packages, bearing no lot code, and shipped in corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.
  • Four ounce, 8 ounce, 2.5 pound, and 5 pound packages of dry roasted, salt free, hazelnut kernels in clear plastic packages, bearing no lot code, and shipped in corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.

These raw and dry roasted products were distributed in retail and wholesale stores, restaurants, and bakeries in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, and New Jersey. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who bought the recalled raw and dry roasted hazelnut products are urged to return the product to their place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Shannon Evonuk at (541) 998-1848, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m.–5 p.m. PST.

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