An outbreak of E. coli infections have led to a hazelnut recall across North America, according to news reports .
DeFanco and Sons hazelnuts are being linked to seven cases of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The outbreak has appeared in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The hazelnuts are being recalled in North American and Canada.
"The hazelnuts involved in the recall were distributed between November 2 and December 22 after which they were sold in one-pound packages, in open bins in grocery stores or as part of two-pound or four-pound packages of mixed nuts, according to an FDA statement. It is possible, too, that in-shell hazelnuts that were once part of 50-pound packages from DeFranco and Sons were divvied up in some other way and sold," according to news reports.
So far, three of the E. coli victims were hospitalized, and no deaths have occurred, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I urge consumers who may have these recalled nuts to throw them out or return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers should also be aware of cross-contamination from the nuts.
If you or a loved one has been injured or sickened from a recalled product, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .