Marin Foods Specialties Inc. is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts sold in Whole Foods Market stores because of possible Salmonella contamination. recalled Whole Foods Markets macadamia nutsRoutine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected Salmonella in the raw macadamia nuts, which are labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts,” according to the recall notice. Based in Byron, CA, Marin Foods distributed the raw macadamia nuts to Whole Foods Market stores in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The recalled macadamia nuts are packaged in clear plastic tubs. Label information on the recalled nuts include “best by” dates of Aug. 21 through Nov. 6 and the UPC number 99948200132. “Customers who have purchased this product at Whole Foods Market stores in the affected states should discard it and may bring in their receipt for a full refund,” according to the recall notice. “Consumers with questions may contact Marin Foods Specialties Inc. at 925-634-6126.” Salmonella is a microscopic organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that 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 infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)