The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that 46 cases of 12 ounce and 16 ounce nut packages have been recalled by a California nut grower.

The grower, Sun Tree LLC, says that the recall was initiated due to the danger of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in its walnuts. Listeria monocytegenes is a bacterial organism that has been linked to fatal foot born illnesses throughout the world.

Affected packages are labeled California Grown Shelled Walnuts. Specifically, 46 cases from Lot No. 42720 have been recalled. These cases include a "Best by" date of December 11, 2014 and a UPC code of 69887507806. At risk populations, who could suffer serious injury or death if they contract a Listeria infection, are elderly and frail individuals, young children, people with weak immune systems and pregnant women. Symptoms of infection include stiffness, nausea, high fever, diarrhea and stomach pain. In some cases, pregnant women have suffered stillbirths and miscarriages after a Listeria infection.

Consumers Are Being Asked to Throw Away Contaminated Walnuts

Reportedly, the recall was voluntary and the walnuts were only supplied to retailers located in the Kansas City area. The supplier who has been providing the nuts to retailers is Golden State Foods. Fortunately, no illnesses relating to the walnuts have been reported thus far.

Anyone who believes that they are in possession of recalled walnut bags are asked to refrain from eating these potentially dangerous nuts. Consumers are encouraged to either return the walnuts for a refund or simply throw them away.

Just because no incidents of illness have been reported so far does not necessarily mean that no one has been harmed by these potentially harmful nuts. Consumers who have suffered a severe food sickness after consuming Sun Tree LLC walnuts or any other type of food products may wish to consider pursuing a product liability claim for damages, especially if their injuries were severe.

Indeed, food poisoning is not a laughing matter and many lives have been cut short due to negligent food manufacturers who do not maintain clean premises at their facilities and/or sidestep other food industry safety standards. Those who suffer permanent injury, and families of those who are killed, could have compelling claims for financial restitution under the law.