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More Hazelnuts Recalled In Oregon

Add another 6,712 and a half pounds to Oregon’s recall of various raw and dry roasted hazelnut kernels.  Latest to recall is Eugene-based Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts, which supplied the Harry and David Village Store in Medford, which issued a recall notice of its own.

Oregon growers, all due to concern about potential Salmonella contamination, have now recalled over 183,712 pounds of hazelnuts.

Product sampling discovered Salmonella on one production lot at Willamette Shelling, of Newberg, OR, the facility where Evonuk Oregon Hazelnut’s hazelnut 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 to 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.
  • Raw hazelnut kernels in clear plastic 8 ounce, 2.5 pound, and 5 pound packages, bearing no lot code. Shipped in corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 299091A and 296091A.
  • Dry roasted, salt free, hazelnut kernels in clear plastic 4 ounce, 8 ounce, 2.5 pound, and 5 pound packages, bearing no lot code. 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. and 5 p.m. PST.

The hazelnuts recalled by Harry and David, which is known for its mail order food sales, were only sold at its Medford retail store.

Evonuk is Harry and David’s hazelnut supplier.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially 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 Harry & David Country Village store removed all the raw, shelled hazelnuts supplied by Evonuk from sale on Dec. 17, 2009. This was done in response to a recall issued on the same day by Willamette Sheller, Inc., the company that processed the hazelnuts for Evonuk.

The hazelnuts affected by this recall were sold as Filbert (hazelnut) kernels in bulk bin #10077 only at the Harry & David Country Village store, Medford, Oregon, prior to December 18, 2009.

No known illnesses have been reported in connection with the hazelnuts.

Consumers who have purchased any of the bulk hazelnuts from the Harry & David Country Village store are encouraged to return them to the store for a full refund.

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