The Wegmans grocery store chain, according to the AP (and the FDA), is recalling pine nuts sold in bulk due to a salmonella outbreak. The pine nuts were imported from Turkey by Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. If you bought pine nuts from Wegmans, return them to the store for a full refund.  If you purchased bulk pine nuts from store, or purchased a feed mix that contains pine nuts, you should find out if they were  sourced from Sunrise Commodities or Turkey. Please don’t risk feeding infected nuts to your birds!

Raw, shelled pine nuts

So far two people have been hospitalized and the CDC linked 42 salmonella cases to the infected pine nuts sold by Sunrise Commodities (who, at this time, have no information on their website about the outbreak).

Elizabeth Opperman reports that distributor Nuts Online and bird food maker Goldenfeast assure customers their pine nuts are not affected by the recall. (If you have worries about your own vendors/suppliers, you should call them!) She also explains symptoms of salmonella poisoning in parrots. Read more here.

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