FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Recall of Certain Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts Sold in Georgia due to Potential Health Risk
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is the information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
Sid Wainer and Son of New Bedford is recalling Jansal Valley brand Raw Macadamia Nuts, because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which 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 arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The product comes in a plastic bag, labeled as “Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts,” in either one-pound or eight-ounce packages with a lot code of “469566.” The product was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.
Random third party testing found presence of Salmonella in the one pound package of Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase; anyone with questions may contact the company at 1-800-423-8333, extension 168 or 119, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list or sign up for e-mail alerts, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.