Food Safety Concept

A voluntary recall has been announced by Marathon Ventures, Inc. Various packages of macadamia nuts, sold under several different brands, could be contaminated with Salmonella. The possible contamination was noted after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the organism in some macadamia nuts when performing a regular product sampling.

Several Big Name Brands Involved in Recall

Consumers are likely familiar with several of the brands affected by the recall, including Shurfine, HyVee, Nutpro C.C., Market Pantry, Cash-Wa Distributing, Pear’s Gourmet and Western Family. The weight of the bags of nuts varies from 2 ounces to 25 pounds.

No one has reported becoming ill from the macadamia nuts; however, Salmonella can cause significant symptoms, especially in those who are young, elderly or who have weakened immune systems. The symptoms can include fever, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. While quite rare, should the organism get into a person’s bloodstream, he or she could experience severe illnesses such as endocarditis, infected aneurysms and arthritis.

Grocery stores, direct mail orders, foodservice and other retail outlets sold the nuts between July 2, 2015, and Feb. 3, 2016. If you have purchased the macadamia nuts, you should take them back to the store where you purchased them and request a replacement or a full refund.

Consumers Should Not Be Harmed by the Food They Eat

It is up to manufacturers of food items to ensure they are free of contaminants, such as the Salmonella organism. Food recalls happen all too frequently in our nation and so do injuries or illnesses from tainted or unsafe food products.

If you or someone you love have been injured or made ill due to a food product, there is recourse available. You can file a product liability lawsuit in civil court and seek to have your medical expenses and lost wages paid. In addition, you may also be able to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma and more. An experienced products liability lawyer can guide you through the process of seeking compensation.