For the third time in the last month, macadamia nuts are being recalled because of the risk of Salmonella poisoning. Ashland Food Co-op is the most recent of these recalls. The Ashland, Oregon based company issued a recall on March 16th after testing revealed that their Organic Raw Macadamia nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella. The nuts were sold in random weight bags from the Ashland Co-op retail location in Oregon. They were not distributed to any other locations. Contaminated products were sold between January 5th and February 4th. There have not been any cases of illness associated with this recall.
Macadamia nuts have a shelf life of 1 month when refrigerated, so they may still be in the homes of consumers. If these macadamia nuts are eaten, they have the potential to cause a Salmonella infection. Salmonella poisoning can take up to 72 hours after infection to produce symptoms. Usually, a Salmonella infection will produce symptoms including abdominal cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and nausea. Certain groups, including the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems, may be more likely to develop a serious Salmonella infection. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.