Pine Nuts Recall Is Even Scarier Than the Others

pine nut recallAnother day, another food recall everybody, so check your cabinets! If you bought Turkish pine nuts in bulk from Wegmans in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, or Virginia, you're going to want to take those back for a refund. So far 42 people have become ill with salmonella since August 20 from the tainted nuts. If you purchased these pine nuts between July 1 and October 18, purge your shelves! You don't want the abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever that accompany this particularly painful food poisoning.

But what I really am concerned (and confused) about is how a nut could get contaminated like this in the first place.

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Pine nuts come from pine trees, and these were grown in Turkey, where they've been grown and harvested since ancient days of yore. No information has been forthcoming about how they were processed in Turkey, or if anything happened to the pine nuts once they reached the distribution center in Englewood, New Jersey, but one has to assume that somebody messed up somewhere.

Did they wind up on a conveyor belt after raw chicken was processed? Did someone pour a vat of salmonella over the barrel of nuts? It's all very strange and makes me a bit anxious about how this particular bacteria made its way into the supply. And also makes me wonder if none of our food supply is safe. Jeez.

If you do have these pine nuts, you probably paid a lot for them as pine nuts are seriously expensive. I know the ones in my cabinet were like seven bucks for not a lot. So you're going to want to get your money back. While Wegmans tells you to throw them out and come to the service desk for a full refund, you can also call 1-800-934-6267 and ask for Consumer Affairs, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5p.m.

Did you have these contaminated nuts?


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