A California company has recalled hazelnuts sold in bulk, individual containers and as part of mixed-nut packages sold throughout the United States and Canada due to possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.
Products containing in-shell hazelnuts from DeFranco and Sons have been linked to seven cases of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the federal agency said Saturday in a press release.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, in a press release issued Saturday, that one person was affected by the E. coli O157:H7 strain in Michigan and three apiece in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The sick - six men and one woman - ranged in age from 15 to 78, and fell ill between December 20, 2010, and January 28, 2011.
Three of those who had suspected E. coli were hospitalized, though no one has died because of it, according to the CDC.
As a result, the Los Angeles-based company issued a voluntary recall for a host of products sold retail, and issued a caution for hazelnuts that might have been repackaged from bulk shipments.