|Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 6:23 pm: || |
If you buy raw almonds from Trader Joe's you may want to check into whether they are in the batch that has been recalled due to salmonella. My husband heard this announced on the radio yesterday. I am mentioning this here since I think there are NoMSGers who buy these to avoid roasted almonds and shop at Trader Joe's.
|Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 6:30 pm: || |
Oops -- it is not just Trader Joes. Here is full AP article:
NEW YORK (AP) A California company is recalling 5 million pounds of raw almonds sold nationwide after the Food and Drug Administration received seven reports of food poisoning. Paramount Farms Inc. of Los Angeles said Tuesday the recalled almonds may contain salmonella, a harmful germ that can cause food poisoning. The recall covers 2.7 million packages of raw almonds sold under the brand names Kirkland Signature, Sunkist and Trader Joe's. The FDA received reports that the seven people in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Utah were sick with salmonella enteritidis, a type of food poisoning. In five cases, consumers had bought the almonds from Costco Wholesale Inc. in Oregon, Paramount said in a statement. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to infection from salmonella. In some cases, it is fatal. The company noted that the those who became sick have recovered. "While no salmonella has been found in Paramount products, we have taken this step out of an abundance of caution and to assure our customers and consumers of the quality and safety of our products," said David Szeflin, Paramount's vice president of operations. The recalled almonds sold under the Kirkland Signature brand are specifically labeled as raw. They were sold in 3-pound, lay flat plastic bags and stamped with a "best before" date from 8/21/04 to 2/8/05. Recalled almonds sold under Trader Joe's and Sunkist brands were marked with "best before dates" of 8/21/04 to 3/15/05. The almonds sold by Trader Joe's are in 1-pound packages, labeled as "nonpareil variety almonds. Those sold by Sunkist are in 10-ounce bags and are marked as "raw natural whole almonds. Consumers who have the recalled almonds are asked to return them to the stores where they bought them. Anyone with questions about the recall can reach Paramount on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. EDT by calling 1-800-496-5168. Paramount said it is cooperating with federal regulators as their investigation continues.
|Posted on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 9:16 am: || |
Yikes - I have a whole unopened 3 lb. bag of Kirkland almonds in my fridge - date is later than that though. One thing you may wish to do as I will, is to roast almonds before you eat them. Roasting not only kills any salmonella but also destroys the toxins made by microbes. There is a potent carcinogen often found on nuts called aflatoxin made by a common mold. I usually roast nuts for this reason - I like the taste better anyway. I roast them immediately before using in a recipe because the flavor is amazing. Bake the almonds at 350 degrees in a single layer for 8 - 10 minutes. Let them cool first - they can retain quite a bit of heat.
|Posted on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 4:00 pm: || |
Great, now they're going to probably treat all almonds with sulfur dioxide! I know they do with some...To be safer, I put the nuts in a bowl of water and swish well, drain in a colander and spray rinse well. Then I let dry on towels overnight and roast as Carol says. I found that the powdered REALSALT is great on them, as it sticks well, if you miss roasted salted almonds. Just make sure the nuts are completely dry before roasting...don't want to hydrolyze any protein!
|Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 11:39 pm: || |
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