Hines Nut Company of Dallas, TX, has announced a voluntary recall of Walnut Halves & Pieces, Lot Number 6908, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was sold by Gold State Nut Company of Biggs, CA, and packaged by the Hines Nut Company. The product was packaged and distributed as follows: HINES NUT BRAND

  • Packed in black foam trays with a Green and Gold Label
  • Weight of 12 or 16 ounces
  • Packaged between Nov. 25 and Dec. 5, 2014
  • Lot Number printed on label
  • Distributed in Texas
  • Best by dates from Sept. 21, 2015, to Oct. 1, 2015


  • Packed in black foam trays with a Red and Black label
  • Weight of 10 ounces
  • Packaged Dec. 2, 2014
  • Lot number printed on Nutrition Facts label on back of package
  • Distributed to two distribution centers in North Carolina
  • Best-by date of Sept. 28, 2015

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by an outside company contracted by FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in a package of the product. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to eat them and to contact Hines Nut Company for information regarding a full refund or for disposal information. Currently, Hines Nut Company has not received any complaints concerning illness on this lot number. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those 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 (e.g., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.