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FDA Recalls Cashews

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is advising the public that an alert has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the potential contamination of “Deep Raw Cashew Pieces” with Salmonella. Due to this potential contamination, the public is being advised not to eat this product.

Officials in the Food Safety section of the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) have identified the product as being sold in Grand Cayman between 15th October and 27th October 2014. Officers are currently contacting all wholesalers and local supermarkets, both here and in the Sister Islands, to ensure that all affected products are immediately removed from sale.

The recalled "Deep Raw Cashew Pieces” are sold in a 7 oz., 14oz., & 28oz. clear plastic package marked with UPC number on the rear of the package.

• UPC number for 7oz. is 011433133104

• UPC number for 14oz. is 011433133111

• UPC number for 28oz. is 011433133128

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing conducted by the FDA. No illnesses have been reported to date in the United States in connection with this problem.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children; frail or elderly people; and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhoea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances the organism may get into the bloodstream, producing more severe illnesses such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis. If you have eaten this product and are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your medical provider immediately.

For further information concerning local efforts, contact the DEH at 949-6696. For other details, visit the FDA website at www.fda.com.