San Diego County Public Health officials are asking people to throw away walnuts tied to a national E. coli outbreak that were sold in 10 local natural food stores and co-ops.   

Two people who ate the walnuts from local stores have gotten sick from the same strain of E. coli that is part of a multi-state outbreak in which the majority of people reported eating Gibson Farms walnuts. One person locally was hospitalized. 

The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli found in the walnuts can potentially cause hospitalizations and even deaths. Gibson Farms Inc., which produced the walnuts, has issued a nationwide recall. 

The walnuts were sold halved or in pieces in bulk bins as early as October 1, 2023. Stores may have also repackaged and sold the walnuts in individual bags or takeout containers for customer convenience.  

The County is working with local stores that received shipments of the recalled walnuts and confirmed that all stores have removed the product and disinfected the storage bins as of today, May 3. Those stores include: 

  • Jimbos Naturally in San Diego (4S Ranch and Carmel Valley), Carlsbad and Escondido 
  • Lazy Acres Market in San Diego and Carlsbad 
  • Ocean Beach Co-Op 
  • Frazier Farms Market in La Mesa and Vista  
  • Sun Organic Farm in San Marcos  

If you think you purchased affected walnuts, do not eat them. Throw them away and wash any containers or surfaces that touched the walnuts with hot soapy water or in the dishwasher. 

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