On February 26, 2010, American Pecan Co. of Yancey, Texas, announced a recall of all 1-pound bags of American Pecan Co. Pecan Pieces due to a potential for the products to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered Salmonella in the products during routine sampling.
The contaminated pecans consist of Ziploc-type bags labeled with “Pecan Pieces (Small, Medium, or Large) Ingredients: Shelled Pecans; Repacked by: American Pecan Co. P.O. Box 151 Yancey, Tx. 78886; Net weight 1-Lb. (16 oz.) 454 g. Might contain Pecan shells….” The products were sold to walk-up customers in Yancey, Texas, and to mail order customers in New York, Texas, and Massachusetts.
Salmonella can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. In others, Salmonella infection can cause abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, and vomiting, and in some cases could lead to arthritis, endocarditis, or arterial infection.
Customers are urged to immediately dispose of the recalled products and contact American Pecan Co. to receive further instructions at 1-800-364-9053.