Sherman Produce is announcing a voluntary recall of walnuts due to Listeria monocytogenes.
Hold off any walnuts you might feed your bird. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Sherman Produce is doing a voluntary recall of 241 cases of bulk walnuts packaged in 25-pound cardboard boxes, as well as 10-ounce trays of Schnucks walnuts. The products are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
"Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, the FDA said in their press release. "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.”
Look for UPC code 00338390032 with best by dates 03/15 and 04/15 on the Schnucks walnuts.
While the recall is for people, while rare it is possible for birds (specifically poultry) to become infected by Listeria monocytogenes too, according to the Merck Veterinary Manual. "Although many species of birds, including chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks, geese, canaries, and cockatiels, are susceptible to infection, clinical disease in birds is rare. Generally, young birds are more susceptible to infection and more likely to develop clinical disease than older birds,” the website says.
Signs of the disease in birds includes depression, lethargy and sudden death. "In the encephalitic form, lateral recumbency, ataxia, torticollis, leg paddling, opsisthotonos, paresis, and paralysis have been seen,” the Merck Veterinary Manual added.
The walnuts were sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois area from March to May 2014, according to the FDA. Look for the UPC code 00338390032 with best by dates 03/15 and 04/15 for the Schnucks walnuts.
For more information, visit the FDA website here.
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