Macadamia Nuts, Nut Butters Potentially Contaminated With Salmonella

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Would you happen to be kicking back right now, looking forward to devouring your favorite lunchtime snack of raw macadamia nuts and herbed cheeses? Did you plan on running to the organic market after work to snatch up an armload of nut butters, among them peanut, almond and macadamia? “It’s hump day, and what could be more refreshing than several pounds of totally non-contaminated macadamia nut products,” you’re thinking to yourself. Not so fast, my friend.

According to the Food Safety News blog, you might want to reconsider your snacking and dinner plans.

Living Tree Community Foods of Berkeley, Calif., is recalling its “Alive, Organic Macadamia Nuts” and “Alive, Organic Macadamia Butter” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled organic macadamia nuts and butter were distributed to retailers in California and Connecticut and nationwide to mail order customers, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Salmonella, you’ve done it again. Although unlike the disastrous Chipotle E. Coli outbreak that tanked the company’s (obscene, to be frank) value and resulted in company-wide shutdowns plus free burrito giveaways, there are so far no reported cases of actually contracting salmonella from Living Tree Community Foods nuts and nut butters. Although the products were retailed in California and Connecticut, they have been shipped across the country to fill remote orders. If you’re not sure whether you have some potentially affected products in your house or on the way, here is the specific information, via Food Poisoning Bulletin:

The recalled products are Living Tree Community Foods Organic Macadamia Nuts in a 4 ounce, clear plastic pouch marked with lot #153442 on the top. The Living Tree Community Foods Alive, Organic Macadamia Butter that is also recalled comes in an 8 ounce glass jar, with a Living Tree Community Foods label. Lots numbers for that product are 134415, 136215, and 101716, and the UPC number is 641432000987. The items shipped between 12/11/2015 and 2/03/2016.

If you think you might have an affected product, don’t eat it or give it to the dogs. Get rid of that junk, and call the company for a refund.