Recall Alert

The Hemisphere Group Inc. has recalled 14,000 pounds of its Vietnamese LP Cashews. The cashews might be infected with Salmonella, a harmful bacteria that causes food poisoning. Salmonella poisoning can result in serious and sometimes fatal infections. Symptoms usually include diarrhea, fever, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.

Children, the elderly and the infirm are the most at risk of developing serious complications from infection. In very rare cases, Salmonella can enter its victim’s blood stream and cause arterial infections, arthritis and endocarditis.

Affected Cashews Distributed in the US and Canada

The Vietnamese Cashews affected by the recall were sent out to retailers in Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Scarborough and Quebec. The retailers have been asked to notify the Hemisphere Group if they have distributed the products to any of their customers and to return any remaining cashews back to the food manufacturer.

Affected products are labeled as "Vietnamese LP Cashew Kernels (shelled).” They were distributed in bulk cartons of 50 pounds each. The cartons are labeled with the packer, Hong Duc Company Limited. Also on the cartons are the Hemisphere Group code product number P95497 and Food and Drug Administration number 16153193186.

Contamination Found Through Routine FDA Testing

Hemisphere Group issued the recall following a routine sampling conducted by the FDA. The sampling showed that some of the group's finished cashew products were tainted with Salmonella bacteria. At this time, the Hemisphere Group has halted distribution of its Vietnamese cashews while it performs an internal investigation with the FDA.

Cashew lovers are advised not to eat any Vietnamese Cashews from this lot of Hemisphere Group cashews. Those in possession of affected cashews can contact the manufacturer for a complete refund.

Fortunately, no personal injuries related to the tainted cashews have been reported thus far. However, individuals who suspect that they or their loved ones were hurt by this defective product may want to investigate the viability of pursuing civil claims for financial restitution relating to the injuries.

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