Wegmans Recalls Pine Nuts Over Salmonella Concerns

Wegman's recalls pine nuts over salmonella fearsROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Turkish pine nuts sold in bulk at Wegmans, an upscale grocery-store chain, have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sent two people to hospitals and sickened 40 others in five East Coast states and Arizona.

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. said Thursday it has recalled 5,000 pounds of pine nuts imported from Turkey by Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. They were sold between July 1 and Oct. 18 at its stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.

The Rochester, N.Y.-based chain said the recall applies only to Turkish pine nuts purchased in bulk. Wegmans placed automated calls to just over 13,000 customers who bought the nuts using the company's Shoppers Club discount card, spokeswoman Jo Natale said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 26 people were sickened in New York, eight in Pennsylvania, four in Virginia, two in New Jersey and one person each in Arizona and Maryland. The Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating.

The CDC said people began getting sick Aug. 20 and two patients were hospitalized in undisclosed locations. No deaths have been linked to the outbreak.

Federal officials said Wegmans has cooperated in all aspects of the recall and investigation.

Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Some Turkish pine nuts were eaten as an ingredient in prepared foods, such as Caprese salad or asparagus with pine nuts, according to the CDC. The median age of those who were sickened is 43 years.

Wegmans, a 96-year-old, family owned business credited with helping pioneer "one-stop shopping," has 79 supermarket stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.

The pine nuts were not sold at Wegmans' new store in Northborough, Mass., and possibly other stores with small bulk-food departments, Natale said.

"On average, the quantity purchased by individual customers would have been somewhere between an eighth of a pound and a quarter of a pound," she said. "Not everybody who bought the nuts used a Shoppers Club card, but the vast majority are represented by those 13,000-plus people we called."

Wegmans has carried Turkish pine nuts from the same supplier since May 2010. "We are very sorry for the worry and inconvenience this (recall) may cause our customers," it said in a statement.

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MARIANINIA

first the canteloupes now the nuts , whats next... whats a person to do !!!, and make sure we are eating healthy food ,here today gone tomorrow because distributors are not cheking and testing what humanity eats any more , some way to get rid of humanity , by way of injesting what we eat

October 28 2011 at 5:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mt1975

Must not be that big of a chain, I've visited 5 states (several miles apart) and even been a resident of 2 states 725 miles apart and I've NEVER heard of them.

October 28 2011 at 3:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

Big grocer recalls popular nuts: Is this code for the Kartrashians ???

October 28 2011 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mickey Morgan

The question is, who is Wegman's current supplier of Turkish pine nuts . . . only since May of 2010, and
do the nuts come from GMO seeds. If so, there is a strong possibility that the GMO-grown pine nuts can easily cause salmonella . . . many GMO seeds are injected with some kind of fish bacteria . . . vague patching together of longtime research in this area.
Salmonella has occurred in
tomatoes
bagged spinach
mixed greens . . . all vegetable matter, but salmonella usually occurs only in meat.
We eat GMO-grown spinach, zucchini, brocolli, etc. etc. . . . all that produce controlled by the patent-bearing corporation Monsanto.

October 27 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
brawnydoc

My nuts are very popular.

October 27 2011 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rockstar

the only nuts they should be recalling are the ones in DC

October 27 2011 at 10:43 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
metusmetu

Is there some particular reason we are importing "pine nuts" FROM TURKEY??! It isn't like everyone uses these things every friggin' DAY!! What is up with "Samonella" being found in all the imported foods??! This is ridiculous!! What the hell is a "Wegman's" ? Never heard of them!!

October 27 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tony

Just buy American nuts from now on, simple huh.

October 27 2011 at 9:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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stvhndyman

Yeah, like peanuts (paste) from Georgia !

October 28 2011 at 2:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

Thought this article was about the Kartrashians when it said : recalling popular nuts.

October 27 2011 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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brawnydoc

Those are popular jugs

October 27 2011 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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larry

And big ass !

October 28 2011 at 12:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down