Whole Foods Market stores have issued a safety recall for raw macadamia nuts due to salmonella contamination.
According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, routine testing determined that the nuts were tested positive for salmonella.
Officials explained that the recalled items were packaged in 11-ounce plastic tubs and were marked as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts.”
The affected products include a best-by date of Feb. 4, 2016 and a UPC code that reads 7695862059-1.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recalled items have been sold at Whole Foods Market stores in California and 11 other states.
Customers who purchased these products are urged to discard it appropriately. A full refund will be issued through proof of receipt.
Consumers with questions are asked to contact Whole Foods Customer Service at 512-477-5566, ext. 20060.
The Danger of Salmonella
CDC estimates that about 450 people died and 1.2 million are sickened each year as a result of salmonella infections. There are many different types of salmonella bacteria.
Children tend to be the most at risk for salmonella infection. Children under the age of 5 particularly have higher rates of salmonella infections.
Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections. People who get diarrhea due to a salmonella infection usually recover completely.
However, it may be several months before their bowel habits become entirely normal. Victims may experience other long-term health effects too.
Some people with the infection develop pain in their joints, a condition known as reactive arthritis. This can last for months or years and could lead to chronic arthritis, which can be difficult to treat.
Those with reactive arthritis can also develop irritation of the eyes and painful urination.
Compensation for Victims
If you suspect that you have suffered from food poisoning, it is important that you get medical attention right away.
Getting the diagnosis and treatment you need immediately can help prevent long-term health effects caused by salmonellosis.
Report your illness to your local healthcare agency.
If you have incurred losses such as medical expenses, lost wages and hospitalization costs, please contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.