CFIA (The Canadian Food Inspection Agency) warns consumers not to sell and consumers not to buy Aurora brand nut mixes because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recall notice was posted on FDA’s website on March 20.
Aurora Products Inc. has voluntary recalled certain varieties of Trail Mixes and Natural Walnuts. The products have the potential to contain Salmonella, a type of food poisoning which, according to FDA (the United States Food and Drug Administration) can cause severe and sometime fatal infections in elderly people, young children and people with frail immune systems. The infected products may have been sold from HomeSense, Winners and Marshalls stores. Whole Foods Market and Hannaford Supermarkets have started to recall many products containing walnuts.
An outside company was contracted by FDA to perform a routine control and they discovered the presence of salmonella in a container of walnuts. Overall 34 products were removed from the shelves. The complete list of the recalled foods contains the packaging styles, the best-by dates and the universal product codes. Organic walnuts are not included on the list.
No illness has been reported yet. A person infected with Salmonella usually experiences nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea which can sometimes be bloody and fever. In rare cases the infection can cause the organism to get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as arthritis, endocarditis and arterial infections (infected aneurysms).
For consumers who want to find out more details about this event, Aurora Products Inc. has provided a telephone number (800/898-1048 ) at which people can call starting at 9 AM to 5 PM.
A similar event happened less than a week ago, when Trader Joe’s stores had to remove several walnut products because of the same reason, potential Salmonella contamination. The store officials reported that the products suspected to be contaminated were removed from the shelves. The consumers who had purchased any of the products were asked to return them to Trader Joe’s store and received a full refund. There has not been reported any illness in this case either. A spokeswoman for Trader Joe’s stated that the company took this measure out of exaggerated caution.
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