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DeFranco Hazelnut E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Hits Eight in Three States

hazelnut.jpgAs of April 1, 2011, the CDC reported eight persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli serotype O157:H7 were reported from Michigan (1), Minnesota (3), and Wisconsin (4). Reported dates of illness onset range from December 20, 2010 to February 16, 2011. Ill persons ranged in age from 15 to 78 years, with a median age of 63 years; 75% were male. Among ill persons, 50% reported being hospitalized, and none reported hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure that is associated with E. coli O157:H7 infections. No deaths were reported.

Screen shot 2011-04-10 at 5.32.01 AM.pngDeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles, CA voluntarily recalled bulk and consumer-packaged in-shell hazelnuts and mixed-nut products containing hazelnuts. These nuts may have been sold by retailers nationwide. The in-shell nuts may have been sold in two-pound and four-pound packages of mixed nuts, one-pound packages containing only hazelnuts, or in open bins of nuts in grocery stores.

  • Looks very different then PCA, glad this was nipped in the bud, but we still do not know what went wrong, if we do not learn from therse things we are not going to progress very quickly.
    Industry should be demanding answers, its in thier best interests and in CDC’s best interest to do a full analysis and report to us findings. I hope this does not get burried.

  • When the growing and production of any type of nuts is done there should be records that show all handlers and their commingling of other producers and the location of the fields via labels and the data codes with date and time and how, and who done it. Traceback is needed to find the cause and diminish the amount of recalled product. Food Safety covers everyone in the supply chain.