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Food Recall Blog: Harry and David Recalls Cashews

In a nutshell: Harry and David is recalling their 4 oz packages of cashews because they may have other nuts (peanuts, almonds, etc.) and people with other nut allergies may suffer fatal rejections. Personally I would be bummed if I paid for a package of all cashews and the cheaper nuts were included. Harry and David had a problem late last year with about mislabled cookies that contained nuts.

January 22, 2008–Harry and David, of Medford, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,130 boxes of 4 oz. Harry & David Giant Cashews because they may contain mixed nuts, including peanuts, almonds, pecans and Brazil nuts not declared on the ingredient statement.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these ingredients (peanuts, almonds, pecans and/or Brazil nuts) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The affected product was distributed throughout the United States only through Harry and David Stores beginning 11/16/07.

Harry and David is recalling all 4 oz. boxes of Giant Cashews with lot codes 2507 MSL 15:00 through 2507 MSL 18:00 and a use by date of 6/28/08. The lot code and use by date are ink jetted on the bottom of the box. Affected boxes also can be recognized by the price sticker on the bottom, or lower portion of the back, of the box. The price sticker states “Nuts Mixed Nuts Box 4oz”. These products are packaged in 4 oz. paperboard boxes with bags of metalized film containing nuts inside. The boxes are olive green with a pale green design in the background.

There have been no illnesses or injuries reported to date. Anyone concerned about an illness/injury should contact a doctor immediately.

This problem occurred during a product changeover when packaging for cashews was comingled with packaging for the mixed nuts.

Consumers with product may return it to the any Harry and David retail store for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may phone the Harry and David Customer Service division at 800-233-1101, 24 hours a day.

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