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Tainted Pine Nuts Recall Expands to 21,000 Pounds

42 Ill in Salmonella Outbreak Across 5 States

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by Mary Rothschild | Nov 05, 2011

More than 21,000 pounds of pine nuts are being recalled after evidence of Salmonella contamination was found in samples from Sunrise Commodities, the distributor who sold them in bulk to food vendors in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Canada.

The Turkish pine nuts are implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis that has sickened at least 42 people across 5 states. No deaths have been reported, but 2 people have been hospitalized.

The expanded recall announcement, issued Friday afternoon, comes more than a week after a 5,000-pound recall of pine nuts sold in bulk bins and used in prepared foods at Wegmans Food Markets in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia between July 1 and Oct. 18.

In a news release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to eat the Turkish pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities, which is based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. The FDA said its tests confirmed Salmonella in samples collected from a Sunrise Commodities warehouse; additional testing is underway to determine if the Salmonella matches the outbreak strain.

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