People should not eat five varieties of Trader Joe’s brand walnuts because they may be contaminated with salmonella, state health officials said Wednesday.
No illnesses have been linked to the walnuts and a voluntary recall has been initiated, the California Department of Public Health said.
The packaged raw walnuts are no longer being sold, but health investigators are concerned that people may have some of the nuts in their homes. The recalled walnuts should be discarded or returned to the store for a refund, the state said.
The recalled products include: 16 ounce packages of Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California walnut pieces, raw walnuts halves and pieces, raw walnut baking pieces, raw premium walnut halves and 12 ounce packages of raw walnut halves and pieces.
According to the state: Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness.
People who are ill after eating the walnuts should see their doctor, the state said.
If consumers observe the nuts being offered for sale, they are encouraged to report the activity to the state toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.