The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat Turkish pine nuts, distributed by Sunrise Commodities, after tests have confirmed the presence of Salmonella.
The FDA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. To date, there are reports of at least 42 illnesses associated with the outbreak in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
As part of FDA’s investigation, samples of Turkish pine nuts from a warehouse used by Sunrise Commodities were collected.
Sunrise Commodities has already recalled four lots of the product implicated in this matter, totaling more than 21,000 pounds of pine nuts.
The affected nuts were packed in 22-pound boxes and included the markings:
- Warehouse Lot 27963 with the identifying code “PO#: 50165”
- Warehouse Lot 29628 with the identifying code “PO#: 50558”
- Warehouse Lot 27713 with the identifying code “PO#: 49595”
- Warehouse Lot 27427 with the identifying code “PO#: 50032”
Sunrise Commodities distributed the Turkish pine nuts in bulk to various food vendors in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Canada. A recall notification was issued by Sunrise to its customers on November 3, 2011, alerting them of the test results and of the epidemiologic investigation.
Wegmans Food Markets, recalled the product from their stores on October 26, 2011. As the investigation continues, additional recalls may take place.