Two different companies have recalled packaged walnuts due to possible salmonella contamination, according to separate reports by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. and Eillien's Candies Inc. voluntarily recalled multiple varieties, brands and sizes of their products.
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. recalled Fisher 8-ounce Chopped Walnuts and Fisher 8-ounce Pecan Cookie Pieces. Eillien's Candies Inc. recalled Walnut Pieces in sizes 2-, 4-, 14-, 16- and 24-ounce. packaging, in addition to products by Blain's Farm and Fleet, Mill's Fleet Farm, Piggly Wiggly, Rural King and Trig's.
There were no reports of illness associated with any of the products. Each contamination was discovered as a result of routine inspections by the FDA.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella is an infection that can be serious and even fatal, especially in young children, frail and elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever are commonly arrive [[w.c.]] within 12 to 72 hours after infection.
Though the illness usually passes on its own within four to seven days, serious infections may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, which can be fatal if not promptly treated. There are about 42,000 reported cases of Salmonella in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC.