U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that the Wegmans supermarket chain is recalling 5,000 pounds of pine nuts from Turkey due to possible salmonella contamination.
The FDA said that the pine nuts are linked to at least 43 cases of salmonellosis in California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, citing information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The agency warned consumers not to eat the nuts or any food items that may have been made using them (like pesto or salads). The contaminated pine nuts are offered for sale at Wegmans stores in unlabeled plastic bulk containers.
The agency said that pine nuts were ingredients in several prepared foods that are sold at Wegmans, including the Caprese salad and asparagus with pine nuts.
The pine nuts, which were sold in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland, might be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, according to the FDA.
The salmonella bacteria is capable of causing diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection and the illness usually lasts from four to seven days, according to the FDA. Most people recover without treatment, but the infection may more serious or even be fatal, particularly to older adults, infants and people with compromised immune systems, according to the FDA.
Consumers are urged to return or discard any pine nuts purchased at Wegmans stores between July 1 and October 18, the FDA said. Wegmans will offer refunds for returns.
The pine nuts were imported from Turkey and distributed by Sunrise Commodities, Wegmans said.