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Salmonella In The Christmas Basket

Time to check where that Christmas Basket came from, and if you live in Oregon and shop at one of the seven Market of Choice stores in the states, you may have some returns to do today.

Parker, CO-based Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Company and the Eugene, OR-based Market of Choice grocery chain joined the hazelnut recall as the long Christmas weekend began.

Mountain Man sells gift baskets through distributors, retail stores, and on its website that may contain the recalled nuts. Its 12 Tastes Basket, Bounty Basket, and Half-Pound Sampler may contain product contaminated with Salmonella.

Market of Choice is recalling bulk and packaged hazelnuts (filberts) that were processed at Willamette Shelling Inc. for Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts. The nuts were recalled from seven Market of Choice stores in Oregon on December 17.

Willamette Shelling Inc. issued the initial recall because Salmonella was recently found in some of the product processed at its facility. Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts recalled all hazelnuts received from Willamette Shelling and further distributed to their customers, including the Market of Choice stores.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.   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 products sold between Nov. 2, and Dec. 16, 2009 have been recalled from Market of Choice stores in Eugene, Ashland, SW Portland and West Linn, Oregon:

  • Bulk Raw Hazelnuts: Bulk Bin #8429
  • Bulk Dry Roasted Hazelnuts: Bulk Bin #8819
  • Evonuk Oregon Raw Hazelnuts 8 oz. cello pkg: PLU #9054
  • Evonuk Oregon Dry Roasted Hazelnuts 8 oz. cello pkg: PLU #9055
  • Evonuk Oregon Dry Roasted Hazelnuts 2.5 lb. cello pkg: PLU #8238

The recalled products above do not contain any UPC or Lot codes.

Market of Choice customers who purchased the recalled products may return those items for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company through its website at www.marketofchoice.com, or by calling (541) 345-0566 ext. 121, M-F from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PDT).

Mountain Man’s recall involves products containing shelled hazelnuts, also known as filberts.

Mountain Man’s recall is associated with the recall from Kunze Farms due to the fact that raw hazelnuts could have been exposed to Salmonella and become contaminated.

The hazelnut shelling facility tested positive for Salmonella.

Mountain Man is requesting that customers return any of the lot codes below to their place of purchase for replacement or refund.

All of the below is product that would have been manufactured and packaged between November 1, 2009 and December 17, 2009.

Products recalled by Mountain Man include Filberts, Natural Mixed Nuts, Fancy Mixed Nuts (8 and 16 oz bags), Choice Mixed Nuts (16 oz bags), Dry Roast Mixed Nuts (16 oz bags), Sweet Simplicity Trail Mix, Mountain Jubilee Trail Mix (8 and 16 oz bags), Cinnamon Almond Appleanche Trail Mix, and Fancy Nut Gift Packs (1 lb and 1.75 lb.)

The recalled products could have been used in making up the gift baskets.

Customers who receive these baskets can bring any of the above products to a distributor or store to receive a replacement product.

The above affected product has only been distributed through Mountain Man Distributors, Retail Stores and directly through the company’s website.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to their place of purchase for replacement product or a refund. Questions may be directed to the company at 1-800-225-0045, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. MST.

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