New Walnut Recall: These nuts could be dangerous due to a production accident

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People suffering from tree nut allergies, particularly pecans, should be on the lookout for a new recall for chopped walnuts due to an accident during the manufacturing process causing the bags to be mislabeled. Instead of walnuts, they contain pecans. As a result, customers allergic to pecan may risk life-threatening reactions.

South Georgia Pecan Co. Walnut Recall

South Georgia Pecan Co. recently issued the walnut recall after discovering the mislabeling issue. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the announcement at this link.

Buyers should look for 4oz. Great value chopped walnut pieces in resealable bags. Look for the following identifiers:

  • Lot: 29329
  • UPC: 78742201344
  • Best before date: April 29, 2023

South Georgia Pecan shipped the product to select Walmart locations in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The company says a batch of pecans was inadvertently labeled with chopped walnuts during manufacture. A retailer told South Georgia Pecan on Aug. 16 that the bags contained pecan chunks instead of walnuts.

South Georgia Pecan has not received any reports of illness.

Walnut Recall: The front of the walnut bags, which contain pecans. Image source: FDA

Allergy to pecans

Nut allergies are among the most common food allergies in children and adults FoodAllergy.gov. Six tree nuts are responsible for most allergic reactions, including walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, and pistachios.

In addition, people who are allergic to one tree nut may be allergic to another. Because of this, eating pecans from the recall’s mislabeled walnut bags may be risky for people allergic to these tree nuts.

Pecan allergies typically cause symptoms common to food allergies:

  • tingling or itching in the mouth
  • hives, itching or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, throat or other parts of the body
  • wheezing, stuffy nose or difficulty breathing
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or fainting

Severe reactions can be life-threatening. Anaphylaxis is the name of this serious complication, and here are its symptoms:

  • Narrowing and narrowing of the airways
  • A swollen throat or a lump in the throat that makes it difficult to breathe
  • Shock with a sharp drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness
Walnut Recall: The back of walnut bags, which contain pecans.
Walnut Recall: The back of walnut bags, which contain pecans. Image source: FDA

what you should do

Unless you have pecan or tree nut allergies, you can eat the pecans in the mislabeled walnut bags without risking illness. However, the pecans could pose a risk to other people in your household or visitors to your home. Not to mention that when you pulled them off the shelf, you probably wanted to buy walnuts.

South Georgia Pecan is urging buyers to return the walnut bags in this recall to the place of purchase for a full refund. Another option is to dispose of the product so that you remove the allergen from your home.

Additionally, consumers who may have had an allergic reaction after consuming pecans from the walnut bags should seek medical advice.

Finally, make sure you read the walnut recall press release at this link. It includes contact information for the South Georgia Pecan if you have additional questions.

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