Cashews and macadamia nuts are being recalled for a scary reason

Hey, you! Put those cashews and/or macadamia nuts down! We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but cashews and macadamia nuts are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. You’ll have to snack on something else while this all gets sorted out.

According to the FDA, on May 24th, the Kroger Co. announced a recall of their Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts. These nuts were sold at Kroger, Bakers, Gerbes and Dillons stores in Ohio, Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.

As of May 26th, Hampton Farms is also recalling Ava’s brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted, even though their 225 units of cashews tested negative for listeria.


The macadamia nuts and cashews in question may be contaminated with listeria, which is organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

"Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women," the FDA reports.

Customers who purchased either food item can return the product to the store where purchased and receive a full refund. You can also contact the Kroger company at 1-800-KROGERS or Hampton Farms at 413-732-4193, press 0.

No customer illness has yet to be reported, but listeria is not an organism to mess around with. Stay safe and check your macadamia nut and cashew packaging. If you start feeling any of the symptoms of listeria listed above, contact your doctor right away.

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