The Hemisphere Group Inc. of Smithtown, NY, is recalling 14,000 lbs. of Vietnamese LP Cashews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. (LP is a grade of cashews meaning “lightly blemished pieces.”) The firm has not received any reports of illnesses to date.
The Vietnamese Cashews being recalled were distributed to direct customers in Kalamazoo, Michigan; North Billerica, Massachusetts; Maspeth, New York, and Quebec and Scarborough, Canada. The direct customers were instructed to notify their accounts if the cashews had been distributed and to return them to The Hemisphere Group.
The recall was initiated as a result of a routine sampling program by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which revealed that the finished product was contaminated with the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue to investigate what caused the problem.
The following product is being recalled:
Product: Vietnamese LP Cashew Kernels (shelled) Net Weight: 50 lbs. bulk cartons Packer: Hong Duc Company Limited FDA No.: 16153193186 (on carton) Hemisphere Code No. P95497