In the third expansion of a food recall that began with certain nut butters and later grew to include peanut and other nut butters sold at Whole Foods, Target, Trader Joe's, and other markets, whole peanuts have now been recalled amid fears of salmonella contamination. MSNBC.com has more:
The Dallas-based company [Hines Nut Co.]recalled bags of salted jumbo Virginia in-shell peanuts on Monday for possible contamination with salmonella. The peanuts were processed by Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M.
There are no reported illnesses from the Hines products.
Nearly 2 million pounds of peanuts are involved in the Hines recall, with the bags sold nationally in supermarkets such as Wal-mart and Dollar General stores. The salted jumbo peanuts were distributed from April 12 to Oct. 12, according to officials at the Food and Drug Administration.
The packing information begins with the words 'BEST BUY'. The recall lot numbers are as follows, located on the fourth line of the 'BEST BUY' statement:
S03718, S03699, S03724, S03753, S03765, S03784, S03798, S03806, S03810, S03824, S03826, S03840, S03863, S03886, S03907, S03928, S03933, S03938, S03950, S03958, S03967, S03972, S03978, S03989, S03991, S04012, S04025, S04042, S04054, S04066, S04097, S04109, S04123, S04134, S04141, S04141, S04165, S04200, S04201, S04211, S04229, S04236, and S04247.
Consumers who have purchased the peanuts are urged not to eat them, but to return them to the place of purchase.
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