FDA warns – Gibson Farms voluntarily recalls organic walnuts due to possible E. coli contamination

Gibson Farms of Hollister, California said it has recalled its Organic Light Halves and Pieces shelled walnuts after receiving information that the products may have the potential to be contaminated with E. Coli 0157:H7, according to the FDA.

E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools.  Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

The Organic Light Halves and Pieces shelled walnuts were sold to distributors located in California and Washington state. They were distributed to stores in over a dozen states. The FDA published a complete list of the retailers where the walnuts were sold.

Gibson Farms Organic Light Halves and Pieces shelled walnuts were sold in bulk boxes in Net Wt. 25 lbs quantities and can be identified by lot 3325-043 & 3341-501 with expiration dates 5/21/25 & 6/7/25.

Gibson Farms  recalled the products after being notified by the CDC of 12 recorded illnesses allegedly linked to the consumption of organic halves and pieces shelled walnuts.  The FDA said it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials to investigate the outbreak of the infections.

State and local public health officials have interviewed people about the foods they ate in the week before they became ill. Of the 10 people interviewed, all 10 reported eating walnuts, and almost all reported buying organic walnuts from bulk bins in food co-ops or natural food stores.

The company asked consignees to hold and discontinue selling their existing stock of lot 3325-043 and lot 3341-501 and return any remaining inventory of the recalled products to its local warehouse, Gibson Farms 1190 Buena Vista Rd Hollister Ca 95023.

Those who distributed or sold this product to other retailers were asked to notify clients as to the status of this product. Any retailers that have received the recalled walnuts are recommended to do the following:

-Retailers that received recalled products and do not clean and sanitize bulk bins between refilling them, should discard the contents of the bin and clean and sanitize it before refilling.
-Retailers that received recalled product from a distributor but do not know the brand or lot code information should hold the product, sanitize bins, and contact the supplier.
-Consumers with questions may contact the company at Veronica Cheatham 831-637-3512 or email foodsafety@gibsonfarmsinc.com 8:30 am-4:40pm PST Monday through Friday

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