Hy-Vee Macadamia nuts have been voluntarily recalled because they pose a salmonella risk to consumers, it has been announced on Tuesday, February 23.
The decision was deemed necessary following routine testing conducted at a facility operated by Marathon Ventures, Inc., which is the company that supplies this product to the employee-owned supermarket chain.
Health inspectors analyzed product samples, and that’s how it was discovered that raw macadamia nuts had been contaminated with Salmonella.
As a result, Marathon Ventures immediately informed wholesalers and retailers about the risks associated with its packages of macadamia nuts, and suggested that a recall would be the most viable and prudent solution in order to mitigate this crisis.
That is how Hy-Vee officials were prompted to take this step, removing all the macadamia nuts that they had been commercializing throughout the entire chain of grocery stores.
Basically, Hy-Vee’s recall has been enforced in 240 locations, spread across Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri and Nebraska.
The products that may have been tainted with Salmonella are Hy-Vee Macadamia nuts packaged in a blue plastic bag, weighing 2 ounces (57 grams).
They can be recognized by their universal product code (UPC), which is 0 75450 13287 8, and by their “best by” date, which is July 10, 2016. This information is inscribed on the rear of the packages, in the column appearing on the right-hand side.
As Target representatives have explained, given the fact that Marathon Ventures had also been supplying them with macadamia nuts, a similar recall is unfolding across their stores as well.
The Target products that may have been exposed to Salmonella are Market Pantry Chopped Macadamia Nuts, weighing 2.25 ounces (64 grams) and having the “best by” date of August 13, 2016.
It’s worth mentioning that so far there haven’t been any reports of people who have experienced health issues after consuming Market Pantry or Hy-Vee macadamia nuts included in the recall.
Even so, precautions must be taken, especially since Salmonella infections can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening to small children, senior citizens and people whose immune system is impaired or weak.
Normally, those who contract Salmonella bacteria tend to begin showing symptoms around 12 to 72 hours following infection, and these generally include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills, stomach cramps, headaches, nausea etc.
Usually the manifestations disappear even without specialized treatment, in about 4 to 7 days. However, in more severe cases, the foodborne pathogen can result in result in complications, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), endocarditis, osteomyelitis, meningitis, reactive arthritis (Reiter’s syndrome) etc.
Based on all the above-mentioned risks, those who have purchased Market Pantry or Hy-Vee macadamia nuts between July 2, 2015 and February 3, 2016 should refrain from ingesting them.
Instead, buyers should discard the products or take them back to the grocery store, so as to benefit from a full refund.
If someone has already consumed such macadamia nuts before being informed about these health risks, and symptoms linked to a Salmonella infection have started to emerge, a doctor should be contacted immediately, so that prompt medical care can be administered.
Those who have questions or other concerns related to the voluntary recall issued by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based supermarket chain should direct them to Hy-Vee’s Customer Care Department, at 1-800-772-4098.
Alternatively, people can address their queries to Marathon Ventures customer representatives, at (402) 934-8223, between Monday and Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
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