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Organic raw hazelnuts (filberts) sold in bulk through Whole Foods Market stores in California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington have been recalled because the nuts were part of a batch contaminated with salmonella.

Non-organic dry roasted hazelnuts sold in its stores in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and non-organic raw hazelnuts sold in its stores in Oregon and Washington were also recalled.

Consumers should not consume the contaminated hazelnuts. To this date, no illnesses have been reported.

Salmonella is commonly the cause of food-borne illness. Symptoms vary and can include fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting and generally appear in 12 to 72 hours after consumption of tainted food. Infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

Whole Food Market customers who have purchased any of the recalled hazelnuts since October12 in any of the states listed above can return the items for a refund.

Call Whole Food Markets at 512-542-0656 for more information.

*Several batches of hazelnuts have been recalled this month. For more information visit the FDA Web site.

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