Suspected E. Coli Contamination in Walnuts

Posted on September 7, 2011

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Johnvince Foods have announced a recall of prepackaged raw shelled walnut products due to a potential E. coli contamination, according to recent news reports.

The products were packaged in Canada and imported from the United States, and may have been distributed nationally.

The specific products included were originally President’s Choice Raw California Walnut Halves Unsalted (with code Best Before 2012 OC 07), and Reddi Snack Hand Selected California Walnuts (code 16581). The recall was expanded Wednesday to include the following products:

Bulk walnuts distributed by Johnvince Foods and sold at retail from bulk bins
President’s Choice Deluxe Trail Mix
No Frills Natural Walnut Halves and Pieces
Longo’s California Walnuts
Compliments California Walnut Halves & Pieces
Compliments Walnut Halves
FreshCo California Natural Walnut Halves & Pieces
Marketplace Co-op “Halt” The Salt Walnut Halves & Pieces
Johnvince Foods Caramel Toffee Walnuts
Stock & Barrel Caramel Toffee Walnuts
Joe’s Tasty Travels California Select Walnuts Mostly Halves

An updated list can be found at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.

No illnesses have been reported as a result of consuming any of these products so far, but E. Coli is a very serious life-threatening illness. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and possible seizures, or strokes. If you have experienced these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I know that even with the rules and regulations placed on food manufacturers, mistakes like this one can still be made. The personal injury lawyers at our firm hope no one has been seriously injured by consuming this product.

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