UPDATE: A larger list of items recalled including ice creams, granola bars, almond butter and peanut butter under many brand names including Justin has been issued, and can be found here.
Hines Nut Company Inc. has initiated a recall of its salted jumbo Virginia in-shell peanuts, due to possible contamination by salmonella.
Specifically, the recall targets salted jumbo Virginia in-shell peanuts that were processed in its Sunland Inc. peanut processing plant located in Portales, New Mexico.
The peanuts were distributed under the Hines or Dollar General Clover Valley label. They were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket, grocery and retail chains during a six-month period from April 12 to October 12, 2012. Their best-by/expiration dates will be from October 12, 2012 through August 27, 2013.
The Hines package is a plastic laminated bag, predominately blue, with a yellow label stating “salted jumbo Virginia peanuts” packed as 8 oz., 10 oz., 12 oz., 16 oz. and 24 oz. Hines also packages three themed bags, 5.5 oz. each:
- Independence Day – red, white and blue in color with a stylized flag on the front
- Football Season – with a football on the front
- Hunting Season – with a camouflage motif on the front of the bag
The Dollar General Clover Valley package is a plastic bag that's predominately white, with red trim and red lettering. These are packaged as 8 oz. bags. The packing information begins with the words “Best Buy.” The recall lot numbers are as follows, located on the fourth line of the “Best Buy” statement:
S03718, S03699, S03724, S03753, S03765, S03784, S03798, S03806, S03810, S03824, S03826, S03840, S03863, S03886, S03907, S03928, S03933, S03938, S03950, S03958, S03967, S03972, S03978, S03989, S03991, S04012, S04025, S04042, S04054, S04066, S04097, S04109, S04123, S04134, S04141, S04141, S04165, S04200, S04201, S04211, S04229, S04236, S04247
Hines Nut has not received complaints concerning illness on any of these lot numbers. But consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to eat them and to return products to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. The “best if used by” date or product expiration date is printed on the packaging. Consumers can contact the company at 800-561-6374 for information regarding this recall. This toll-free number is operational 24 hours a day.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The most current information is posted at http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety1.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, salmonella can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.