The FDA has announced that 114,350 pounds of shelled hazelnuts have been recalled due to concerns that they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The nuts were marketed by Willamette Shelling of Newberg, Oregon. To this point, no illnesses have been reported.
The FDA provided this information on identification of the products involved:
All products subject to recall were packed in 25 lbs. and 50 lbs. corrugated boxes with lot code numbers 296091A, 299091A, 300091A, VH3696BO, and 310091A. Those corrugated boxes bore the following brand names: Kunze Farms, Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts, Canadian Hazelnuts, and Firestone Farms.
In the past decade, nuts of various types have been more widely recognized as potential sources for Salmonella contamination, following a number of outbreaks: PCA peanut butter, 2009; ConAgra peanut butter, 2007; raw almonds, 2004. There have been other nut recalls as well, including a recall of pistachios in 2008.