Macadamia nuts recalled for possible e. coli
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut products have been voluntarily recalled after e. coli was found in the well water and distribution system that supplies the company’s Kea’au, Hawaii, facility. Health officials were notified on September 21, 2018, that a water distribution system sample at the production center tested positive for e. coli. The plant was then shut down by the Hawaii State Department of Health.
All nut products produced at the Kea’au plant between September 6 and September 21 are being recalled. Retail stores have been ordered not to sell the products and consumers are advised not to eat them. These macadamia nut products are popular as gifts to friends and family on the mainland, so there are undoubtedly recalled products in homes across the country.
Recalled nut products include Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts, Honey Roasted Macadamias, Maui Onion Garlic Macadamia Nuts, Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts, Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Macadamia Nuts, and Shortbread Cookies.
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is working with Mauna Loa to ensure its water is safe and the facility is properly cleared. The nut facility in Kea’au will remain closed until it meets all DOH Sanitation Branch and Safe Drinking Water Branch requirements and standards.
- coli bacteria can exist in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate soil and may persist in soil for many years. E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
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