Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 05, 2011 02:05 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Various In-Shell Hazelnuts (Filberts) and Mixed Nuts Containing Hazelnuts Recalled by Defranco & Sons, USA May Contain E. Coli O157:H7 Bacteria

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the in-shell hazelnuts (filberts) and mixed nuts containing hazelnuts described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. These in-shell hazelnuts (filberts) and mixed nuts containing hazelnuts have been recalled in the USA and Canada by DeFranco & Sons, USA due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. (

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the United States Food and Drug Administration to identify all affected products imported into Canada from the USA. The CFIA is also working with Canadian importers to trace-back and recall all affected products that may have been distributed in Canada. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products.

The following products are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size Sell By Date
Sunripe Hazelnuts 1 lb (454 g) 6/30/11
Sunripe Large Hazelnuts 1 lb (454 g) 6/30/11
Sunripe Mixed Nuts (with hazelnuts) 1 lb (454 g) 6/30/11
Sunripe Imperial Mixed Nuts (with hazelnuts) Sold in bulk Purchased after Nov 16, 2010
Sunripe Supreme Mixed Nuts (with hazelnuts) Sold in bulk Purchased after Nov 16, 2010
Sunripe Hazelnuts Sold in bulk Purchased after Nov 16, 2010

The bulk products identified in the table above may have been repackaged into smaller sized units with no label information. If you have purchased bulk or unlabelled, in-shell hazelnuts or in-shell mixed nuts containing hazelnuts after November 16, 2010, and are unsure if you have the recalled product, check with your place of purchase to determine if you have the affected product.

These products have been distributed in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and may have been distributed nationally.

There have been a number of illnesses in the USA associated with the consumption of these products. In Canada, two cases of E.coli illness have genetic fingerprints that match the USA illnesses, but these two cases have not to date been linked to the recalled products. The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating these cases.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die. 

The CFIA is working with Canadian importers, distributors, and retailers to recall all affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on E. coli O157:H7, visit the Food Facts web page at:

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Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations