The U.S. Food and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a Food Safety Alert for Gibson Farms, Inc. Natural walnut halves and pieces offered in bulk containers in masses of stores in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The walnuts may be infected with E. Coli.

To date, there were 12 said illnesses and 7 hospitalizations—all in Washington kingdom and California. No deaths had been reported together with the affected walnuts.

The nuts had been recalled and must now not be in the bulk bins of stores, but they may still be in clients’ homes and the research is ongoing.

How to Identify the Recalled Bulk Bin Walnuts

The nuts had been shipped to vendors among October 1, 2023, and April 24, 2024. The expiration dates on the walnut halves are among May 21, 2025, and June 7, 2025. They had been sold under Lot codes 3325-043 and 3341-501.

Because the nuts were offered in bulk and may have been transferred to other boxes in purchasers’ homes, any packaging with those identifying markers may also had been thrown away. Consumers who sold bulk walnuts inside the affected states should check the FDA’s complete listing of precise stores that offered the recalled walnuts.

The CDC indicates individuals who offered organic walnut halves from bulk packing containers take a look at their pantries, refrigerators, and freezers for the walnuts. If they are uncertain if the nuts have been a part of the recollect, they need to not devour them.

The government agency additionally recommends that consumers contact the shop wherein they purchased natural walnut halves to determine if it sold nuts which might be a part of the recall. And, it warns that a few stores may additionally have repackaged bulk organic walnut halves and pieces into plastic clamshells or baggage, so customers have to additionally recall that once investigating whether or not nuts in their homes were part of the recollect.

Consumers who trust the affected natural walnuts were in their homes need to wash gadgets and surfaces that can have touched the walnuts the usage of hot soapy water or a dishwasher.