Wegmans Pine Nuts Salmonella OutbreakThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on October 27, 2011 that imported Turkish pine nuts were the source of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak. When the final Salmonella outbreak report was complete, the CDC announced that 43 people in 5 states were affected in this outbreak. Two patients were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
State labs in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland detected the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis from samples, including pine nuts from Wegmans bulk bins, from patient's' homes, and from homemade pesto. Lab testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected the outbreak strain in samples at a warehouse used by the distributor, Sunrise Commodities.
Pine nuts recalled for Salmonella contamination
Wegmans Food Markets recalled 5,000 pounds of pine nuts it sold in most of its stores in Maryland, New Jersey, new York, Pennsylvania and Virginia between July 1 and October 18 for potential Salmonella contamination. Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, NJ imported the pine nuts from Turkey, according to Wegmans.
Wegmans customers notified of purchase of Salmonella-contaminated pine nuts
Wegmans said it used Shoppers Club card records to identify customers who purchased the Turkish pine nuts and placed automated phone calls alerting them to the recall.