The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Christmas Eve that Janzen Farms of Dayton, Oregon, was recalling hazelnut kernels due to potential Salmonella contamination.  

The hazelnut kernels were sold in November and December at Lenny’s North in Seattle, WA, and at the Sunset Produce Stand in Banks, OR.  Six one-pound bags of the hazelnut kernels were sold at the produce stand in banks.  

The recall was initiated after Salmonella was found at one of Janzen Farms’ suppliers.

According to the FDA press release regarding the Salmonella recall, the products were packaged in one-pound platic bags closed with a twist-tie.  The label reads, “OREGON HAZELNUTS Product of U.S.A., JANZEN FARMS 20555 SE Webfoot Rd, Dayton, OR. Net wt. 16 oz (1 lb.).”

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause severe illness in young children, elderly people and in individuals with compromised immune system.  Healthy people who become ill with salmonellosis, the illness caused by the ingestion of Salmonella bacteria, usually experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.  Salmonella infection can lead to reactive arthritis and other complications.

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.