Sun Tree announces recall of 46 cases of 24-count bags of California Grown Shelled Walnuts because of possible listeria contamination; products sold to retailers in Kansas City, Kansas, in March

WASHINGTON , May 24, 2014 (press release) – Sun Tree LLC is voluntarily recalling walnuts comprising of 46 cases of 24 count 12oz produce bags, California Grown Shelled Walnuts, Lot No. 42720, Best by 12/11/2014 UPC code, 69887507806, because it has been determined that there is a possibility of contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

These products were sold to retailers in Kansas City KS in March of 2014.

No illnesses or customer complaints have been reported to date.

The voluntary recall was initiated after FDA sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes in walnuts from a California supplier, Golden State Foods, that also supplied the walnuts that were packed for retail in Kansas City, KS. Even though third party lab testing of product packed did not reveal any harmful pathogen, in cooperating with FDA and for care of our customers we are participating in this voluntary recall. All walnuts processed in the facility during the same timeframe as the product found positive are being recalled to ensure the highest degree of public safety.

Consumers who have purchased walnuts are urged not to consume them. Consumers are advised to dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may call Glen Kerby at (623)-707-5604, 8:30a.m. to 5 p.m. CST weekdays.

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