The problem was discovered when a supplier notified Kroger that the macadamia nuts were potentially contaminated with Listeria. No customer illnesses have been reported.
Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts were sold in a 12-ounce, clear plastic package. It is marked with an expiration-date of May 2, 2018 stamped on the side, along with UPC 11110-02478.
According to a recall notice posted by Kroger on May 22:
The product may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes and, if eaten, could result in serious illness to those individuals who are pregnant or have a weakend immune system.”
The products were sold at Kroger, Dillons, Baker’s and Gerbes grocery stores located in the greater Cincinnati area, including northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio, as well as southeastern Indiana.
Kroger has removed the recalled macadamia nuts from store shelves and is alerting customers who may have purchased the products.
Customers are urged not to consume the products and return them to the store for a full refund. For more information, contact The Kroger Co. at 1-800-576-4377.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that is common in the environment, but illnesses are relatively rare. About 1,600 people are diagnosed with listeriosis per year and it causes around 300 deaths.
People with weak immune systems, adults over 65 years old, and young children are more likely to develop life-threatening illnesses. Pregnant women may also suffer miscarriage or stillbirth of an infant.