Raw Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination
NOW Health Group Inc. has voluntarily recalled its 8-ounce pouches of raw macadamia nuts because of possible salmonella contamination. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Illinois-based company became aware of the potential contamination after a routine sampling in a later lot of finished product (which contained the same lot of raw material as used in the recalled lot) tested positive for the bacteria.
The later finished product lot was not released and remains in a quarantined state, FDA officials said. NOW has provided information about this recall to all its retailers. The nuts were shipped to retailers all over the country. The company has encouraged retailers to make every effort to contact their customers facilitate the return of affected products.
FDA says consumers who have purchased these recalled Raw Macadamia Nuts should stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. The receipt is not required for a refund, officials said. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact NOW’s Customer Service Department by phone at 888-NOW-FOOD (888-669-3663).
Salmonella Effects and Symptoms
CDC estimates that salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source of about one million of these illnesses. A vast majority of those infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, in some people, the diarrhea might be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.
If you or a loved one has been sickened by these or other food products or any other type of defective or contaminated food products, it is important that you get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your illness. Report your illness to your local healthcare agency, which tracks these types of food-borne illnesses and related outbreaks.
Victims of food poisoning can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to help victims evaluate their legal rights and options.